Social media circulated P.J. Fleck's coaching highlights and best quotes Friday morning when he was hired as the Gophers new football coach. The opinions about the Gophers' hire were overwhelming positive, even coming out of Michigan.
Several national media outlets praised the Gophers for pulling off the hire and Fleck's former players thanked him for what he achieved while leading the Western Michigan football program.
Here is a sampling of the opinions out there.
National and local media:
Timing and circumstance might have helped Minnesota w Fleck, but either way, Gophers just won big. Lifts another team in the conference— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 6, 2017
Not particularly sure what PJ Fleck is thinking but what a hire by Minnesota. It is a great city and stadium to recruit to, so ...— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 6, 2017
I get skepticism about whether or not Fleck will succeed at Minnesota, but I’m not sure where these “better jobs” he should wait for are.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 6, 2017
Wow. Tough not to be impressed w/ Fleck.— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) January 6, 2017
1st thing he'll say to players: "You guys didn't pick me. You had no choice. But, I picked you."
Have interviewed Fleck a few times. I'm as certain in him, as he is in himself: Dude will not fail https://t.co/BpjSJ1b8Cm— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) January 6, 2017
For Minnesota fans curious about Fleck. All access with him last season. The word unique is overused. Not here. https://t.co/yMGmjtfbHB— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 6, 2017
Already told by a WMU commit that he's decommitted and wants to follow Fleck. Floodgates open if Fleck wants to take from his WMU class.— Matt Jessen-Howard (@mjessenhoward) January 6, 2017
This is literally the perfect job for Fleck. Hardly any pressure. His gimmicks will work. Triples his salary. It's a no-brainer.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) January 6, 2017
Am I the only one baffled by P.J. Fleck taking Minnesota? Feels like a LOT better jobs would have opened up in the next year or two.— Josh McCuistion (@JLMcCuistion) January 6, 2017
Western Michigan players:
Thanks @Coach_Fleck for everything you've done for me and the community. Excited to see what the future holds for you in Minnesota!— Taylor Moton (@tmoton72) January 6, 2017
@Coach_Fleck impacted & changed the lives of so many for the better. Can't say thank you enough for the lessons I've learned the past 4 yrs— Lucas Cherocci (@cherocci46) January 6, 2017
Just want to thank @Coach_Fleck for everything he has done! He has changed Kalamazoo and WMU forever! I'm forever grateful and blessed!— Martin Díaz (@MartinDiaz_33) January 6, 2017
No matter where PJ Fleck coaches, nowhere will ever Row the Boat as hard as Western has.— Jacob (@jacobboyer97) January 6, 2017
Stay classy @WMU_Football fans. The program is in a better place than it was 4 years ago. Show respect and thank coach Fleck for all he did— Jarritt Orlando (@jarritt_orlando) January 6, 2017
All jokes and wasted t shirts aside, mad respect to Fleck for what he did during his time here!— Kali Blackburn (@kalllix3) January 6, 2017
College Coach that's worked with PJ Fleck in the past tells me: "Home run hire for Minnesota. I have zero doubt about that."— Kyle Goblirsch (@GobieMN) January 6, 2017
Cannot, I repeat, CANNOT be mad at P.J. Fleck for leaving. The man did great things for WMU and now it's his time to keep gROWing. ☝��— Michael Bonomo (@mb_the_3) January 6, 2017
We can't be mad at Fleck for bettering himself. But he did say he was staying after the cotton bowl.. so for that he lied to us.— Party @ WMU! (@WMUSocial) January 6, 2017
Fleck pretended to be all about his guys and then left his guys for the money. Same story, different city. Money had to be the end goal.— a bro but into memes (@lurric) January 6, 2017
"I'm going to Kalamazoo, I don't know where you're going?..I love where I'm at, period. Simple as that." -PJ Fleck pic.twitter.com/nfcKUwpJkM— Connor (@Cmurn16) January 6, 2017