With Tracy Claeys reportedly now out as Minnesota head coach following a mess of a player boycott before the Holiday Bowl, the Gophers will have to enter the coaching carousel a little later than usual.
News of Claeys’ firing was met with a massive wave of speculation around Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, who is coming off an undefeated regular season out of the MAC and a Cotton Bowl loss to Wisconsin.
It was reported by Football Scoop earlier Tuesday that the move is “not happening,” but that didn’t stop several reporters around college football from throwing out Fleck’s name.
Would have to think Western Michigan's PJ Fleck is a candidate to fill this new opening. https://t.co/FUgmHFPmph
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) January 3, 2017
No extension for PJ Fleck yet at WMU. https://t.co/Xv6MkbRHaB
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 3, 2017
So Minnesota held off firing its coach until the day after the Cotton Bowl, did it? #RTB
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 3, 2017
There are 10,000 lakes for P.J. Fleck to 'row the boat' in the state of Minnesota. Makes too much sense.
— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) January 3, 2017
Tracy Claeys fired? Minnesota officials rowing a boat to Kalamazoo. Don't be surprised if #Badgers see Fleck in '17.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) January 3, 2017
If they don't offer PJ Fleck a truck full of money, they are nuts https://t.co/RcvVZGngDS
— Jon Miller (@jondmiller) January 3, 2017
Wyoming coach Craig Bohl’s name also popped up as a possibility. Bohl is coming off an 8-6 season at Wyoming and has previously won three FCS championships at North Dakota State.
Who do you call if you are Minnesota? Craig Bohl? PJ Fleck? Man, Bohl makes a lot of sense there with his knowledge of the area.
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) January 3, 2017
Worth noting, Craig Bohl just signed a new deal at Wyoming. I don’t know what the buyout situation is, if he became a candidate.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 3, 2017
Craig Bohl at Minnesota would be so…beefy. Oh so much beefy football.
— HAPPY MOO YEAR (@edsbs) January 3, 2017