Fleck departs NIU OC position after one day
by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—Former Kaneland High athletic standout P.J. Fleck’s return to the pastures of Northern Illinois University football was the very definition of short-lived.
After the introduction of Fleck on Thursday as the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator, the Sugar Grove native resigned the position, according to a statement released by NIU football and head coach Dave Doeren on Friday.
“P.J. called today and said he does not feel he’s ready to be an offensive coordinator. 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,” Doeren said.
According to the release, Doeren said he has already spoken to several candidates and is confident he will have a replacement in place soon for Fleck.
“Everything happens for a reason and the result of this will make NIU Football even better,” Doeren said.
Fleck was originally hired as a replacement for former OC Matt Canada, who left to take the same job for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Fleck joined Rutgers in 2010 after coaching wide recievers at NIU from 2007-2009 under coaches Joe Novak and Jerry Kill.
Rutgers did not disclose when Fleck’s last day for the football program took place.
Fleck’s head coach on the Rutgers University staff, Greg Schiano, was introduced as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new head coach on Jan. 27.
Fleck starred for a 10-win Huskies team in 2003, and played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2004.
His “Live Your Dream” football camp took place at KHS.
P.J. Fleck also served as graduate assistant for an Ohio State squad that played in the 2007 BCS Championship game