PJ Fleck Hires Utah State OC to Join Matt Simon as Co-Offensive Coordinator

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I was taken a bit aback by this announcement, when I first saw it, because I didn’t expect PJ to go outside of the program to hire a new offensive coordinator this quickly. If he was going to move expeditiously like this, I was expecting Matt Simon to be named the guy. Then, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, reports that the Gophers have hired Utah State OC, Matt Sanford to be the new offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Gophers.

But less than 10 minutes later, he reports that the Gophers are also promoting Matt Simon to be Co-Offensive Coordinator next to incoming Mike Sanford. This is a very intriguing decision… who is going to talk to the media ever Tuesday? That’s the real question….

Sanford was once a head coach at Western Kentucky, but was fired in 2018 after a 1-9 showing. He was then hired as the offensive coordinator for Utah State, where he led an Aggies offense that was the catalyst to 7-6 season that included a bowl game this last season. Win or lose… offense wasn’t the problem for Utah State, where Mike’s offense averaged 430 YPG and 29.2 points.

Just like his new Co-Offensive Coordinator Matt Simon, Mike Sanford is known as one of the brightest young minds in college football and also holds most of his experience as a QB Coach. According to Thamel, who reported this originally, says the Gophers are still expected to run the same type of “multiple” offense.

PJ Fleck is not afraid to bring in the best and brightest minds he can find, and then he lets them go to work. If he is intrigued enough by Sanford, to place him next to Simon and trust the two to run the offense in 2020… then I’m excited too.


Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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