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December 17, 2012
P.J. Fleck is expected to be named as the next head coach of the Western Michigan football program, according to a report by David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Following the Gazette report, Sports Illustrated reporter Pete Thamel has since come out to confirm the news.
Fleck leaves the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he served as the wide receivers coach after holding the same position over five seasons with Northern Illinois and Rutgers. An alum of NIU, he spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent, though he didn't compile any statistics.
Youth and energy may be cited as the reason for the hiring, as it certainly brings about some of the "culture change" that has been talked about following Bill Cubit's firing.
Though Fleck has never worked above the position coach level, he did accept the offensive coordinator position at NIU before leaving it after one day to re-join Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay.
This ends a coaching search that lasted just over a month, with a roller-coaster ride of rumors and speculation. Fleck was a bit of a surprising hire, as few if any outlets had him on their short list prior to today's news.
Fleck, 32, would become the youngest head coach in Division I FBS football.
BroncoBlitz.com will have much more on this major development as it unfolds.
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