P.J. Fleck is getting a nice raise with his new job.
The new Minnesota coach‘s five-year deal will be worth $18.5 million, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The reported deal, worth $3.7 million per season, would make Fleck the sixth-highest paid coach in the Big Ten and 24th-highest paid college football coach in the country, based off numbers obtained by USA Today.
Source confirms that it's a five-year, $18.5 million deal for Fleck — $3.5 million average per season.
— JoeChristensen (@JoeCStrib) January 6, 2017
At Western Michigan, Fleck was making $816,360 per year, according to USA Today. Fleck’s predecessor at Minnesota, Tracy Claeys, was the Big Ten’s lowest-paid coach and made $1.4 million last season.
The 36-year-old Fleck will become the second-highest paid coach in the Big Ten West, behind Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio are the other Big Ten coaches who earned more than $3.7 million last season.