WMU AD: ‘Don’t be surprised if we can keep’ Fleck

After turning around Broncos football, eyes are on P.J. 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) — There is no question he’ll be in demand, so Western Michigan University Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard is being proactive in her effort to keep head football coach P.J. Fleck in Kalamazoo.

Now in his fourth year in Kalamazoo, Fleck has engineered a remarkable turnaround at WMU. The Broncos were 1-11 in his first season. Now they’re 8-0 and ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press poll.

That’s drawn some attention. Fleck has been mentioned as a possible candidate for head coaching vacancies at Purdue and Louisiana State University — though he has said he won’t comment on “rumors or speculation.”

He’s already the highest-paid coach in the Mid-American Conference at $800,000. But Beauregard has begun discussions to increase that compensation package with help from boosters. She said not to assume Fleck will leave the Broncos the moment someone else comes calling.

“I think the most important thing is right now that Coach Fleck is committed to Western Michigan, committed to this football program,” she told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone Monday evening. “There’s never been a time where we’ve had the history happening in our football program that we have right now. … We couldn’t be happier with everything that’s happening here at Western Michigan. And I just want to make sure people realize that, you know, don’t be surprised if we can keep him.”

WMU next plays at Ball State on Nov. 1.

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