Michigan television station WWMT in Kalamazoo reported Tuesday that new Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is “answering questions” about whether he recruited a Western Michigan player who was granted his release by the school Monday.
Though the reported failed to name exactly who was asking Fleck the questions, it did cite sources as saying linebacker Robert Spillane “was contacted by Fleck about playing at Minnesota, prior to receiving his release from the Broncos football program.” Fleck coached at Western Michigan before being named the Gophers’ head coach shortly after the Cotton Bowl.
According to WWMT, Minnesota associate athletic communications director Paul Rovnak responded to the report by saying, “Thanks for your voicemail, we are not recruiting any students from Western Michigan.”
Rovnak also denied the report to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, saying the Gophers aren’t recruiting any players from Western Michigan.
Spillane, a junior who led the Broncos in tackles last season, will be forced to sit out a season after his transfer, and he has shown no indication that he intends to transfer to Minnesota.