Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - The head coach of the 13th ranked Golden Gophers football team has signed a long-term contract with the University of Minnesota.

A statement issued today by the University of Minnesota says the contract extension for P.J. Fleck is for 7 years and runs through the 2026 season.

"It is a tremendous honor to lead this team and represent the University of Minnesota and this great state," said Fleck. "Our family absolutely loves Minnesota, and we are excited to continue to call this state home. We are building a championship culture – one that our fans can be proud of – through the academic, athletic, social and spiritual development of our student athletes. Heather and I are so thankful to our staff, Mark Coyle, President Gabel and the Board of Regents for seeing the vision we have for our football program."

Fleck is currently in his third year with the Golden Gophers, who are undefeated in 8 games this season and are 5-0 against Big Ten opponents. It’s the first time since 1941 the U of M team has started a season with 8 straight wins and the conference record is the Gophers’ best since 1961 when the Maroon and Gold played in the Rose Bowl.

"Coach Fleck has built a program that competes academically, athletically and socially," said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. "He recruits at an extremely high level and the program is seeing success it has not seen in nearly 80 years. His students are succeeding off the field, as the team has posted a record GPA and continually gives back to the community. I am thankful to President Gabel and the Board of Regents for their continued support, and I look forward to Coach Fleck continuing to lead this program."

The contract extension still needs to be approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. The terms of the new contract have not been disclosed.

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