U of M Board of Regents approves one-year extension for P.J. Fleck

Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck argues with officials during the first half of a game against Wisconsin last month. Photo: AP Photo/Andy Manis
Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck argues with officials during the first half of a game against Wisconsin last month.

December 14, 2018 11:18 AM

The University of Minnesota has announced the school and head football coach P.J. Fleck have officially agreed to a one-year contract extension.

The extension became official when it was approved by the school's Board of Regents at its meeting Friday morning. It runs through the 2023 season, expiring on Jan. 31, 2024.

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According to extension details released Friday, Fleck will continue to receive around $1 million annually in base pay, plus $2.5 million in supplemental pay. In his original agreement, his base pay was scheduled to increase by $50,000 per year, which would make his base salary $1.3 million for the 2023 season.

It also reestablishes buyout amounts should either side terminate the agreement. If Fleck terminates the agreement, he would owe $5 million during 2019, $4 million during 2020, $3 million during 2021, $2 million during 2022 and $1 million during 2023.

Should the university terminate the agreement, it would owe $12.5 million in 2019, $9 million in 2020, $5.5 million in 2021, $3 million in 2022 and $1.5 million in 2023.

The amendment preserves a mitigation clause in the event of the school choosing to terminate the initial agreement.

A contract extension signed last November allowed the contract to run through the 2022 season and into January 2023. 

Fleck was hired by the university in January 2017 after four years as the head football coach at Western Michigan.

His team is 6-6 in his second season with the Gophers, and will take on Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.

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