Right after P.J. Fleck was hired by Minnesota on Jan. 6, it was reported that he signed a five-year, $18.5 million contract. More details of that deal emerged this week.
The Associated Press reported buyout and bonus details for Fleck’s contract with the Gophers, and there are some large figures.
According to the AP report, it would cost Minnesota $9 million to buy out Fleck’s contract without cause after one year. That figure would drop to $3 million after three seasons. If Fleck were to leave the Gophers before his contract is up, the university would be owed $1 million for each remaining year on his deal.
Fleck would also reportedly receive bonuses for success at Minnesota. He would receive an additional:
- $75,000 for any bowl bid
- $150,000 for a New Year’s Six bowl bid
- $300,000 for a national championship
- $150,000 for a College Football Playoff appearance
- $150,000 for a Big Ten title
- $100,000 for a Big Ten West division title
- $100,000 for national coach of the year recognition
- $50,000 for being named Big Ten Coach of the Year
Fleck is taking over a Minnesota team that finished this past season 9-4, but was rocked by a sexual assault investigation that led to the suspension of 10 players and a short-lived player boycott. Former coach Tracy Claeys was fired less than a month after publicly supporting his team’s boycott.
Fleck led Western Michigan to a 13-1 record last season. The Broncos lost to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.