Could Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck be trying to add an assistant coach to his staff by taking one from a Big Ten rival?
According to FootballScoop.com, the answer may be yes. And according to that report, that rival coach is Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who Fleck is apparently interested in adding to his own staff in the same capacity.
Ohio State OC Ed Warinner to Minnesota?
A lot of buzz around the AFCA that PJ Fleck has targeted Ohio State OC Ed Warinner for same role at Minnesota
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 10, 2017
It’s not the first time Warinner has been rumored for a job in the past few months. His name had been mentioned as a potential head coach at both Purdue and Western Kentucky, but he has remained with the Buckeyes to this point.
But there have been some recent changes to the Buckeyes coaching staff, including QBs coach Tim Beck leaving for Texas and being replaced by Ryan Day. Perhaps most important of note as it pertains to Warinner, though, is Ohio State’s reported hiring of ex-Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator. The Buckeyes have yet to make an official announcement.
Fleck is clearly thinking big for his coordinator hires. The new Gophers coach is reportedly going after Arkansas DC Robb Smith for the same role with Minnesota, as well.
Minnesota wants to make a big splash to go along with Fleck’s hiring. The 36-year-old was 30-22 in four seasons as Western Michigan head coach, including a perfect regular season in 2016. After going 13-0, Fleck’s Broncos made the Cotton Bowl, where the suffered their first loss, 24-16 to to Wisconsin.