Fleck resigns as Huskies’ offensive coordinator

Fleck resigns as Huskies offensive coordinator

By Northern Star Staff

There will be no second NIU homecoming for P.J. Fleck.

One day after accepting the offensive coordinator for the Huskies, Fleck resigned to take a position as wide receivers coach with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fleck will rejoin new head coach Greg Schiano after working together for the past two seasons at Rutgers University.

Fleck informed NIU football coach Dave Doeren Friday about his decision to abruptly leave the program over the phone.

“P.J. called [Friday] and said he does not feel he’s ready to be an offensive coordinator,” said NIU football coach Dave Doeren in a press release. “It’s unfortunate, but what’s best for our program is to move in a different direction and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Fleck coached the Huskies’ receivers from 2007 to 2009. He also played for NIU from 1999 to 2003.

Fleck was to take over the offensive coordinator job at NIU after Matt Canada accepted the same position at Wisconsin, leaving the Huskies with a vacancy.

Doeren stated in a press release that he’s already spoken to potential candidates that are interested in the position with the Huskies.

“Everything happens for a reason, and the result of this will make NIU Football even better,” Doeren said.