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Fleck named semifinalist for George Munger College Coach of the Year Award

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, center, jumps in celebration with defensive back Chris Williamson after the defense stopped the ball against Penn State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 31-26. Photo: AP Photo/Stacy Bengs
Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, center, jumps in celebration with defensive back Chris Williamson after the defense stopped the ball against Penn State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 31-26.

Updated: November 20, 2019 04:20 PM

The University of Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck has been named one of 22 semifinalists for the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award.

Fleck is one of four coaches from the Big Ten on the list and is joined by Tom Allen (Indiana), Ryan Day (Ohio State) and James Franklin (Penn State). 

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Fleck has led Minnesota to a 9-1 overall record this season (6-1 in the Big Ten) with two games left in the regular season. It's just the ninth time in school history the team has won nine games (2019, 2016, 2003, 1905, 1904, 1903, 1902, 1901 and 1900), and it's also the sixth time ever the team has won six games in Big Ten play (2019, 1973, 1967, 1961, 1960, 1940) and the first since 1967. The Gophers are 9-3 in their last 12 B1G games, which leads the West and is behind only 11-1 Ohio State and 10-2 Penn State, according to Minnesota Athletics. 

The Gophers are currently ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, but has been ranked as high as No. 7 this year, which was Minnesota's highest ranking in the poll since it was No. 5 on Nov. 19, 1962.

The team is 21-14 overall under Fleck since he took over, and Fleck's winning percentage of 60% ranks fourth in school history for anyone who coached more than 30 games, which is the best since Bernie Bierman, who last coached at Minnesota in 1950.

Semifinalist voting will begin on Nov. 21 and close on Dec. 8 with the finalist round including the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will then open Dec. 9 and run until Dec. 27. The winner will be announced Dec. 29.

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