CHICAGO — Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck isn’t concerned about Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and his recruiting comments about offering players. He says he’s not thinking about it, that he’s too busy trying to rebuild the Gophers program.
“We have to focus on us,” Fleck said Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days. “We have a lot of challenges. We can’t be worried about what everyone else says about us.”
Ferentz isn’t a fan of the modern approach of extending numerous offers to recruits, as he said in a Des Moines Register podcast in May.
He specifically mentioned Minnesota, along with Iowa State, when discussing the trend in college football.
“The guys in Ames and the new guy in Minneapolis seem to have no problem throwing early things out. What I’ve learned, certainly about the guys in Ames, we’ll find out about the guys in Minneapolis, what does an offer really mean?” Ferentz said on the Register podcast.
A whopping 246 prospects hold a Minnesota offer in the 2018 class, according to Rivals. Iowa has offered 119 players.
Fleck, in his first season with the Golden Gophers, defended his recruiting philosophy on Tuesday.
“We have a way of doing things,” Fleck said. “We’ve done things for a certain way for a very long time. I usually never comment and haven’t commented on rumors and speculation, especially things that aren’t true.”
He didn’t spend much time on Ferentz’s comments, but he expects that one group did. As a result, it should make the Iowa-Minnesota game on Oct. 28 a little more interesting in the stands.
“Why something was pulled out and turned a certain way or blown up the way it was was for the fans,” Fleck said. “Because those are things that are very insignificant when you are talking about the recruiting world and the football world. You don’t focus on those things.”