The University of Minnesota will team up with FOX 9 to produce "The P.J. Fleck Show," which will debut at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug, 24. After the debut show, the weekly 30-minute program will broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights on FOX 9 with an encore edition at 7:30 p.m. on WFTC FOX 9+.
Hosted by University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck, FOX 9 Sports Anchor Hobie Artigue, former Gopher and NFL player, Ron Johnson, and KFAN's Justin Gaard, "The P.J. Fleck Show" is a half-hour, live program providing a weekly breakdown of Minnesota's season. The hosts will analyze highlights from the team's latest games and offer a glimpse into preparations for upcoming opponents. They will also examine how the team stacks up against its Big 10 competition.
P.J. Fleck was named head football coach on Jan. 6, 2017. He came to Minnesota after spending four years as the head coach at Western Michigan, where he was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference. Fleck also served as the wide receivers coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and coached the receivers at Rutgers from 2010-11. He coached receivers and was the recruiting coordinator at Northern Illinois in 2009 and tutored the receivers for the Huskies from 2007-08. Fleck's coaching career began at Ohio State as a graduate assistant in 2006.
Fleck was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016. Earning FBS Region 3 Coach of the Year from the American Football Coaches Association, Fleck was also named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the George Munger Award.
He previously played receiver at Northern Illinois from 1999-2003 and helped lead the Huskies to a No. 10 ranking, a 10-2 record and wins against Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State in his final season. He ranks in the top five in Northern Illinois history in career receptions (179) and receiving yards (2,162). Fleck holds the school record for punt returns (87) and ranks second in punt return yards (716). He earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference in 2003 and was named Academic All-MAC and Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American. He graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
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