MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota is answering questions after a Michigan TV station reported head football coach P.J. Fleck may have violated NCAA rules. The report says the new coach may have contacted a former player without Western Michigan's approval.
Citing anonymous sources, western Michigan TV station WWMT-TV reported that Fleck contacted former Western Michigan player Robert Spillane before he was given his release this week. That would be a violation of NCAA rules. Fleck used to coach for Western Michigan.
"We are not recruiting any players from Western Michigan. If violations are committed - in any sport - we look into them and report them," said Paul Rovnak, a university spokesperson wrote in a text to KARE 11.
Spillane said on Twitter that his leaving Western Michigan had nothing to do with Fleck or the University of Minnesota.
A spokesperson for the NCAA declined to comment.