WMU coach Fleck focused on honesty, MAC title

Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck leads his team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Buffalo, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck leads his team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Buffalo, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — While his name is being thrown around as a possibility for Purdue or Oregon’s next coach, Western Michigan University head coach P.J. Fleck is doing his best to maintain focus on one of the biggest games in the Bronco’s history.

Fleck has guided WMU to a 12-0 record. His next challenge is taking on 8-4 Ohio University in the Mid-American Conference Championship game.

As reports, rumors and speculation circulate about Fleck’s coaching future, he says he’s being open and honest with his players.

Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck hugs quarterback Zach Terrell (11) after beating Northwestern 22-21 in an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck hugs quarterback Zach Terrell (11) after beating Northwestern 22-21 in an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

“We’re very open and honest with this program. I never want anything to come out of left field. I think they understand how the business works. I think they understand when there’s rumors and speculation. I think every one of them has dealt with rumors and speculation at some point in their life.

“I believe they deserve to know what’s going on and what the truth really is, because they are my children, they’re my kids. I can’t hold them accountable for not telling me everything when I don’t tell them everything,” said Fleck.

The title game between WMU and Ohio kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.