Big Ten Head Coach Called Out For Comment About Recruiting

first_imgMinnesota football coach P.J. Fleck walking on the sideline.DETROIT, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 26: Head coach P. J. Fleck of the Minnesota Golden Gophers look on while playing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on December 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota won the game 34-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier: Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is known for his positive attitude and messaging, but recent comments Fleck made about recruiting have drawn some negative reaction.During a Coaches Caravan event this week, Fleck spoke about his policy with accepting verbal commitments. If a player wants to commit to the Golden Gophers, Fleck doesn’t want him visiting elsewhere.Basically, you’re either all-in or not at all.“I have a rule: You commit to me, you can’t go see another place,” Fleck said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Not because I’m insecure. But if you want to be committed, you’re going to be committed. Too many people teach young people to be committed but also one foot in and one foot out. … You’ve got to be all in.”Or as Fleck termed it: “We have a problem in our society. We don’t have a problem in our program.”Now, Fleck isn’t the only coach to have this rule, though it occasionally backfires when you give kids an ultimatum like that. However, he’s taking some heat for these remarks, as there are those pointing out the coach for being hypocritical.Now do coaches decommitting— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) May 23, 2019Just like when he signed that six-year extension to commit to Western Michigan…— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) May 23, 2019P.J. Fleck — a man who left Western Michigan for Minnesota two years after signing a six-year contract extension and who flipped six WMU commits on his first day at Minnesota — thinks society has a commitment problem.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) May 23, 2019Not to mention that Fleck is notorious for pressuring guys to commit as early as possible.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) May 23, 2019PJ Fleck has coached at 6 places in 13 years.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) May 23, 2019Even now, Fleck’s name often comes up as a potential candidate for vacancies around the country.Wonder if his comments will be thrown back in his face the next time he takes a new job.Update: For a look at an alternate take on Fleck’s comments, Ryan Burns, who covers Minnesota for 247Sports, has chimed in.(2/x) Even when Fleck says if you’re committed, “you can’t go see another place”, even that’s not entirely true. Minnesota had multiple commits from the 2019 class take other visits while being committed, and they still ended up becoming #Gophers.— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) May 23, 2019(4/x) It’s a calculated risk the recruit decides to make, as they (the recruit) have to do what’s best for them, as do the college coaches. It’s not personal, it’s just business.— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) May 23, 2019Fleck is entering his third season with the Golden Gophers.last_img read more

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