With all of the LSU-Texas head coaching drama dominating headlines for the past week or so, some have forgotten that Purdue too is searching for a new head coach — or that they even have a football team for that matter. That search, though, could be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Maybe.
Along with Les Miles, P.J. Fleck has been the name most mentioned in connection to the opening with the Boilermakers. The 35-year-old Western Michigan head coach has also been connected to the opening at Baylor.
The Big Ten school, though, may have the inside track over the controversy-laden one from the Big 12.
This is not etched in stone, but I’m hearing that PJ Fleck will soon be named as Purdue’s next football coach.
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) November 26, 2016
While Fleck is interested in the job, he’s not expected to talk to any other university, including Purdue, until after the MAC championship game. WMU will face Ohio at Detroit’s Ford Field next Friday night.
Just because Fleck doesn’t want to talk about any other job until then doesn’t mean his agent will be held to the same standard, however. That said, any movement on the Fleck front won’t come until next weekend at the earliest.
Other schools, including Oregon, could come into play for Fleck as well, depending on how things play out over the next several days.
After a one-win first season at WMU, Fleck guided the Broncos to a pair of eight-win seasons before this season’s breakout year. At 12-0 ahead of the league title game, WMU is poised to grab the Group of Five’s berth in a New Year’s Six bowl game.