Coaching rumors swirl around WMU’s Fleck

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Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck at WMU Media Day in Kalamazoo on Aug. 7, 2016.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — As the wins pile up for the Western Michigan Broncos — they’re 7-0 — head coach P.J. Fleck’s profile continues to grow.

Fleck is in his fourth year at WMU. His Broncos are in first place in the West Division and ranked No. 20 in both the AP and Amway polls.

Shortly after Darrell Hazell was fired by Purdue, Fleck’s name was bantered about as a possible replacement. It’s not the first time this has happened and it certainly won’t be the last, especially if the broncos win the Mid-American Conference.

Asked during his weekly press conference if those rumors were a distraction, Fleck replied, “They get 100 percent of P.J. Fleck every day. Everyone within our organization gets 100 percent of P.J. Fleck every day.”

“It starts with him. He comes in and he brings it every day and that’s all we can ask from him. What everybody else says about jobs — he deserves those jobs, 100 percent. He’s one of the best coaches in college football. Look what’s he’s done for us,” WMU quarterback Zach Terrell said.

“I can’t control rumors, speculation, and I’ll never comment on rumors or speculation. Just like I didn’t in year one, or last year or the year before. I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in coaching this football team and being the best head coach I can be today and that’s all I’m focused on,” Fleck continued.

But if WMU keeps winning, his name is going to keep coming up when jobs open up.