Former Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill Rips P.J. Fleck In Scathing Interview

first_imgA closeup of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill.MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 3: Head coach Jerry Kill of the Minnesota Golden Gophers looks on before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs on September 3, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is making headlines for what he said about current Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck. Kill, who was recently named Southern Illinois’ permanent athletics director, had some harsh words for Fleck on Tuesday.In an interview with SiriusXM college football hosts A.J. Hawk and Matt Schick, Kill said Fleck “changed” from their time in Northern Illinois. Kill even mentioned Fleck’s first wife at one point in the interview.Kill’s comments rocked the college football world. It’s weird for a former head coach of a program to call out a current head coach in a public forum, but that’s exactly what Kill did.According to the former Minnesota coach, it all started when Fleck went from being Kill’s assistant at Northern Illinois to working for Greg Schiano at Rutgers.“After that, he changed a lot. I’m just going to be honest with you guys. People who have known him before, when he got with Schiano, just his personality changed a lot. I knew his first wife, and he just changed a lot.”Fleck did not immediately replace Kill at Minnesota – he took over for Tracy Claeys who was fired after 10 players were suspended following sexual assault allegations followed by a subsequent boycott by players within the program.Kill stepped down from the program in 2015 due to health concerns, but it’s clear he still has deep feelings regarding his former program.His full interview can be heard here.last_img