Gophers sign PJ Fleck to new 7-year contract extension

Fleck will now serve as Gophers football’s head coach through the 2029 season with a $6 million annual salary once the Board of Regents approves the contract.

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Coach PJ Fleck leads the Gophers to a victory over Colorado, Sept. 17.

by Alex Karwowski

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck and the University of Minnesota agreed to a new 7-year contract extension, pending Board of Regents approval. The contract extension would keep Fleck as the head coach through the 2029 season.

Fleck would also receive a nearly $1 million raise, bringing his annual salary to about $6 million, according to reporting from the Pioneer Press. The last time Fleck received a contract extension was in November 2021; he received a 7-year extension with an annual salary of about $5 million.

Fleck is currently in his sixth season with the Gophers and holds an overall 43-27 record. He is fifth in program history for wins and sixth in Big Ten wins (26).

“This is all about cultural sustainability,” Fleck said. “This new contract is a commitment to continuing to change our best academically, athletically, socially and spiritually.”

Fleck, in 2019 and 2021, and former Gophers head coach Henry Williams are the only two coaches in program history to have multiple nine-win seasons. The 11 wins in 2019 were the highest number for a Minnesota team since 1904 when the team went 13-0 under Williams.

Fleck is 3-0 in bowl games, tied in wins with former head coach Glen Mason who holds a 3-4 bowl record.

“What P.J. and his staff have done in a short amount of time is remarkable.” Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said. “He has recruited and developed some of the best student-athletes to ever play at Minnesota, and his team continues to excel academically, athletically and socially … P.J. consistently builds a team that Minnesotans can take pride in and one that competes for championships.”

The Gophers finished their 2022 regular season with an 8-4 record and ended three of the last four seasons with at least eight wins. The last time the Gophers had eight or more wins in three consecutive seasons was from 1903-1905.

Fleck is currently leading the Gophers to their fourth bowl game under his tenure. Minnesota is set to play Syracuse in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29.