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Report: P.J. Fleck among 200 U of M employees to be furloughed

Fleck will take a one-week unpaid absence to help the school's budget crunch.

Gopher football head coach P.J. Fleck told the Pioneer Press' Andy Greder that he will be one of 200 University of Minnesota employees to take a one-week furlough through the fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

According to U of M Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Brian Burnett, the collective total of the costs will save the university roughly $1 million.

The cut off Fleck's $4.6 million salary for 2020 should help the university curb some of the budget crunch created by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has eliminated revenue from the winter and spring championship tournaments. 

As a result, other universities across the country have also made furloughs that have included members of the athletic department.

According to the Star Tribune, a Board of Regents meeting on April 7 estimated that number could grow by $75 million if the effects extend into the fall season.

Fleck is currently building off the program's 11-2 record last season by hitting the recruiting trail hard. The Gophers' 2021 recruiting class is currently ranked fifth in the nation by 247Sports.

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