In addition to losing its head coach, P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan will also be saying goodbye to its best defensive player from 2016.
Linebacker Robert Spillane announced earlier this week that he would transfer from WMU. That raised some questions about whether Fleck — now the head coach at Minnesota — had any contact with Spillane before he announced he intentions to transfer.
Minnesota has denied a report alleging Fleck improperly recruited the talented linebacker. So has Spillane, who took his message to Twitter. In a statement, Spillane said, “Contrary to media reports this decision has nothing to do with P.J. Fleck or the University of Minnesota.”
— Robert Spillane (@14rspillane) March 1, 2017
Spillane made 111 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks last season as the Broncos went 13-1 with an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. He will have one year of eligibility remaining wherever he transfers, and he will have to sit out the 2017 season.