Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck signs 7-year extension

Updated: November 05, 2019 05:36 PM

The University of Minnesota and head coach P.J. Fleck have reached terms on a seven-year contract extension, the university announced Tuesday.

Click the video box on this page to watch P.J. Fleck and Gophers' Athletic Director Mark Coyle discuss the new contract


The extension, if approved by the U of M Board of Regents, runs through the 2026 season.

Fleck's annual salary rises $1 million to $4.6 million annually with an additional pool of just over $1-million for assistants and staff

Fleck's buyout is $10 million in the first year and decreases thereafter.

The University's buyout is 65% of remaning salary at the time of termination.

"It is a tremendous honor to lead this team and represent the University of Minnesota and this great state," Fleck said in a statement. "Our family absolutely loves Minnesota, and we are excited to continue to call this state home. We are building a championship culture – one that our fans can be proud of – through the academic, athletic, social and spiritual development of our student athletes."

Fleck is in his third year as Minnesota's head coach. He has a 20-13 record, including an active 10-game winning streak.

Key points in P.J. Fleck's new 7-year contract:


  • 7-years, 2020-2026 seasons inclusive

SALARY (base salary plus supplemental compensation

  • Current: $3,600,000
  • 2020: $4,600,000
  • 2021: $4,650,000
  • 2022: $4,700,000
  • 2023: $4,750,000
  • 2024: $4,800,000
  • 2025: $4,850,000
  • 2026: $4,900,000

Plus, additional $1,050,000 pool for assistant coaches/staff in 2020, $1,250,000 in 2021.

BUYOUTS (Fleck option to terminate contract)

  • 2020: $10,000,000
  • 2021: $4,500,000
  • 2022: $3,000,000
  • 2023: $3,000,000
  • 2024: $3,000,000
  • 2025: $2,000,000
  • 2026: $2,000,000
  • 2027: None

BUYOUTS (University option to terminate contract)

  • 65% of remaining amount on contract


  • Winning Big Ten Championship: $150,000
  • Winning or tying Big Ten Division: $100,000
  • Being named National Coach of the Year by major outlet: $100,000
  • Being named Big Ten Coach of the Year by media/coaches poll: $50,000
  • Playing in National Championship Game: $300,000
  • Playing in College Football Play-Off Semifinal: $200,000
  • Playing in College Football Play-Off Bowl Game, but not Semifinal: $150,000
  • Playing in bowl game and being 1st or 2nd team in Big Ten standings not selected to Play-Off: $125,000
  • Participating in any bowl game not described above: $75,000
  • Winning bowl game vs ACC, SEC, Big 12 or Pac-12 opponent: $50,000
  • Team Academic Progress Rate (APR) 980 or above: $75,000
  • Team APR 970-979: $50,000
  • Team APR 960-969: $30,000
  • Graduation rate 85% or above: $75,000
  • Graduation rate 75%-84%: $50,000


  • Use of University-owned car
  • Plane travel, lodging for wife and children to all road games (1 game/season for assistant coaches)
  • 60 hours private plane use for recruiting visits / other mutually agreed business 200+ miles from campus
  • Suite to football games, 20 tickets to any bowl game team plays in, plus various tickets to other campus sports
  • $49,000 allotment from Nike for staff
  • 12 days per year use of football facility to host camps

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