News of WMU Football Coach PJ Fleck’s Departure All Rumors, For Now
While the Western Michigan Broncos prepare for the Mid-American Conference Championship in Detroit on Friday, the coaching carousel in college football continues to spin.
In his fourth year as the head coach of the Broncos, PJ Fleck has been able to convert a 1-11 team in his first year to a 12-0 squad that is just one of two undefeated teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Western Michigan also hold the second longest winning streak in the nation at 14 games, and ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll and 14th in the Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll (both program firsts).
As many regular seasons come to an end, the speculation of picking the hottest coach in the nation gives a school and a community that represents a region an uneasy feeling. For Western Michigan, this is the first time that a coach is being sought after by schools in power conferences (Big Ten, PAC 12, Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference). In Western's history, most coaches have been with the program an average of just over 7 1/2 years. In Fleck's four years, his winning percentage is fifth among the 15 head coaches for the Broncos at .580.
So far, the Western athletic brass has done a fine job of putting any move to rest for the time being. Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard tweeted Saturday, a day after the Broncos knocked of the Toledo Rockets 55-35.
Still, the discussion will continue with what schools will go after PJ Fleck once the MAC title is determined on Friday. One of the first schools was Purdue, who fired head coach Darrell Hazell mid-season. Interim head coach Gerad Parker is still in the head role, and is still working as recruitment time is starting to take shape. Another that has become a possibility is Oregon, even though head coach Mark Helfrich has not been fired. Currently, there are nine coaching vacancies in the FBS (with the potential of more in the coming weeks).
Now, it's your turn! Do you think PJ Fleck will stay in Kalamazoo or is he off to another school?