NCAA FB

Minnesota expected to hire P.J. Fleck as its new football coach

Nov 27, 2015; Toledo, OH, USA; Western Michigan Broncos head coach P.J. Fleck pumps his fist during the first quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2015; Toledo, OH, USA; Western Michigan Broncos head coach P.J. Fleck pumps his fist during the first quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck is expected to become the new Minnesota head coach, a source told FOX Sports on Friday. The two sides are working to finalize the deal today.

The 36-year-old Fleck, a former NFL wide receiver from Northern Illinois, led the Broncos to the Cotton Bowl and a 13-1 season. He would replace Tracy Claeys, who was fired earlier this week.

Western Michigan went on quite a rise under Fleck, a Greg Schiano protege. The Broncos went 1-11 in his debut season in 2013 but then jumped to back-to-back eight-win seasons before winning the MAC and cracking the Top 15 in 2016.

More from FoxSports

Fleck's "Row the Boat" mantra became well known throughout college football, as did his high-energy style.

Fleck had been the Gophers' top target for the vacancy all along, multiple sources told FOX Sports.