Minnesota will determine the fate of head football coach Tracy Claeys sometime this week, according to a report Monday by Travis Haney of 247Sports.com.
Claeys has endured a tumultuous season, to say the least, as his program was part of a high-profile sexual assault investigation that culminated with the suspension of 10 players before the Holiday Bowl. The rest of the team initially threatened a boycott, a move Claeys — potentially to his own detriment — supported.
The players ultimately ended the boycott (though the 10 players remained suspended for the bowl game). The 17-12 victory against Washington State in that Holiday Bowl capped a 9-4 season for Claeys and his Gophers.
Should Claeys not be retained, 247Sports is also reporting that Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck would be the “lead candidate,” and, according to the report, there is mutual interest between the two parties.
Fleck led Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season, one of only two FBS teams to accomplish the feat (Alabama is the other). The Broncos carried their 13-0 record into the Cotton Bowl on Monday but lost to No. 8 Wisconsin.