UMN to self-report minor NCAA violation involving P.J. Fleck

The violation stems from communication head football coach P.J. Fleck had with a player at Western Michigan.

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

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Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

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The University of Minnesota will self-report a minor recruiting violation to the NCAA regarding head Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.

An athletics department spokesman said the violation stemmed from contact Fleck had with one of his former players at Western Michigan University but Athletics Director Mark Coyle told the Minnesota Daily Tuesday that the school isn’t recruiting any students from Fleck’s last team.

The spokesman said the University would have no further comment.

The violation centers around communication Fleck allegedly had with former Western Michigan linebacker Robert Spillane before he was granted permission to transfer from the school last week.

In a Twitter post last week, Spillane denied that his decision to leave Western Michigan was influenced by Fleck. He has yet to announce where he’ll transfer.

Kalamazoo, Michigan TV station WWMT-TV — which broke the story — also has reported that Western Michigan officials brought concerns that Fleck has spoken with current Western Michigan players to the University.

Mike Hendrickson contributed to this report.