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After success at Western Michigan, P.J. Fleck trying to make Minnesota football 'elite'

After success at Western Michigan, P.J. Fleck trying to make Minnesota football 'elite'

Heather Fleck’s first encounter with her future husband came four years ago, when she went to see him speak at an event in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she was working and he was coaching Western Michigan. A mutual friend had mentioned she wanted to set them up.

Though more-open minded than many when they first meet the high-energy, fast-talking coach whose shtick can seem right off the used-car lot, Heather was skeptical. She has since learned otherwise, that there’s quite a bit of substance to go with P.J. Fleck’s unique style.

“I thought the same thing — no way could this guy be like this all the time,” Heather Fleck said. “It’s just who he is. It’s so different, it’s so over...

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