Tom West: P.J. Fleck came to U of M to change the culture

BleedGopher

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per Tom:

Regardless, one of the things I like about Fleck is that he is doing more than preparing players for the NFL. He has them all take a class on how to manage their finances because, he said, 77% of the players are bankrupt within three years of leaving the National Football League.

His teams have been showing improved grade point averages at both Western Michigan and Minnesota. At Western Michigan, the collective GPA went steadily upward from 2.46 in 2013 to 3.14 in 2016. At Minnesota it went from 3.07 in 2017 to 3.21 last year.

Under Fleck’s system, if players skip classes, they pay. If they fail a drug test, they are gone. “If you want to live a life worth remembering,” he said, “it will never be easy.”

He is also teaching them to give back to the community, becoming involved in various community service projects. “If you are having problems in your life,” he said, “get your butt out there and serve.”

On bad teams, he said, nobody leads. On average teams, coaches lead. On elite teams, players lead. So, when he recruits, he looks at players’ stories more than their ratings from the recruiting services. He noted that Auburn, the team Minnesota beat in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, had 58 four-star players while Minnesota had only five. Fleck himself was told he was too small, too short, too young to play in the NFL. He looks for players who have something to prove, just like he did.

He concluded, 95% of people are afraid of the scrutiny. He wants people who are not afraid to be criticized, people who are not afraid to be elite. “I took the job at the University of Minnesota to be legendary, not to be average,” he said.


Go Gophers!!
 

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He sets the "A" standard on the road to a Natty.
 

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per Tom:

Regardless, one of the things I like about Fleck is that he is doing more than preparing players for the NFL. He has them all take a class on how to manage their finances because, he said, 77% of the players are bankrupt within three years of leaving the National Football League.

His teams have been showing improved grade point averages at both Western Michigan and Minnesota. At Western Michigan, the collective GPA went steadily upward from 2.46 in 2013 to 3.14 in 2016. At Minnesota it went from 3.07 in 2017 to 3.21 last year.

Under Fleck’s system, if players skip classes, they pay. If they fail a drug test, they are gone. “If you want to live a life worth remembering,” he said, “it will never be easy.”

He is also teaching them to give back to the community, becoming involved in various community service projects. “If you are having problems in your life,” he said, “get your butt out there and serve.”

On bad teams, he said, nobody leads. On average teams, coaches lead. On elite teams, players lead. So, when he recruits, he looks at players’ stories more than their ratings from the recruiting services. He noted that Auburn, the team Minnesota beat in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, had 58 four-star players while Minnesota had only five. Fleck himself was told he was too small, too short, too young to play in the NFL. He looks for players who have something to prove, just like he did.

He concluded, 95% of people are afraid of the scrutiny. He wants people who are not afraid to be criticized, people who are not afraid to be elite. “I took the job at the University of Minnesota to be legendary, not to be average,” he said.


Go Gophers!!
Under Fleck’s system, if players skip classes, they pay. If they fail a drug test, they are gone. “If you want to live a life worth remembering,” he said, “it will never be easy.”

“I took the job at the University of Minnesota to be legendary, not to be average”


Truly an elite teacher and coach.
 

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Under Fleck’s system, if players skip classes, they pay. If they fail a drug test, they are gone. “If you want to live a life worth remembering,” he said, “it will never be easy.”

“I took the job at the University of Minnesota to be legendary, not to be average”


Truly an elite teacher and coach.
But he lied about his 6th grade teaching career! The horror!
 

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They should do the finance stuff in high school. Glad Fleck is doing it. The Rams make all rookies take a class before they sign their contact.
This. It should be mandatory for all HS kids to take a “life lessons” class that goes over finances, credit, writing a resume, etc.
 

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This. It should be mandatory for all HS kids to take a “life lessons” class that goes over finances, credit, writing a resume, etc.
There are apps for all those things now.
They don’t teach spelling anymore either as we have auto-correct now 😉
 

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Thought that was the Vikings PR guy Tom West weighing in. Not so much. Link to small newspaper with front page links to Dog obituaries. Cooper will be missed.....
 
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