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Western Michigan's PJ Fleck headed to Minnesota, per reports

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After a 13-1 season that saw a MAC Championship and a Cotton Bowl berth, PJ Fleck is headed to Minnesota to be its next head coach.

81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Western Michigan v Wisconsin Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Less than a week after coaching the Western Michigan Broncos in the program's first New Years Six bowl, PJ Fleck is reportedly headed to Minnesota.

As first speculated by Joe Schmidt from KSTP and broken by Fox 9 on Thursday night, Fleck is reportedly headed to the Big Ten, where he replaces Tracey Claeys.

Claeys was fired earlier this week after a sexual assault scandal rocked the program, leaving 10 players suspended for the Holiday Bowl.

Claeys, a former Jerry Kill coordinator, had supported his team’s initial boycott of the bowl, before the players reversed their decision. Minnesota defeated Washington State 17-12.

Fleck was 30-22 at Western Michigan, including a 13-1 record and a MAC Championship this past season. With a 13-0 record in the regular season, the Broncos earned the Group of Five bid into the New Years Six bowls, where they played the #8 Wisconsin Badgers in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Fleck will now play the Badgers on an annual basis in the Big Ten West.

Fleck, a former assistant coach under Kill, steps in after both Claeys and Kill - as well as a good number of Golden Gopher players - voiced heavy displeasure with the Minnesota administration’s decision to remove Claeys.

Fleck’s new contract is rumored to be 6 years, $21 million, or about $3.5 million per season, per media reports. His contract at Western Michigan paid him $800,000 per season, by far the most in the MAC.

It was believed another pay raise was on its way, but Western Michigan and Fleck could not work out a deal before the Cotton Bowl and apparently could not come to terms on a deal that would keep him in Kalamazoo.