I kinda disagree with this. Most big time college football fans had absolutely heard of Fleck and knew he was a fast riser well prior to the Cotton Bowl. Heck, Coyle got to know by interviewing him for the Syracuse job after the 2015 season.In all honesty, please:
had you even heard of PJ Fleck prior to W Michigan almost upsetting Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl after the 2016 season?
I don't think there's any shame in admitting you hadn't. I certainly hadn't.
By midseason 2016 anyone paying attention to college football should have heard of him. They beat two Big Ten teams in September. There was talk of Western Michigan being a Group of Five entry into a NY 6 bowl game from late September on. They were ranked in the Top 25 by mid-October. ESPN College Gameday was in Kalamazoo in mid-November. He interviewed for several jobs prior to the Cotton Bowl.