The University of Minnesota has extended the contract of Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck through 2024. 

What was reported Thursday became official Friday after a vote by the Board of Regents. 

"It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to lead this team and represent the University of Minnesota and our great state," said Fleck in a released statement. "Our family loves living in Minnesota, and I look forward to leading our football program into the future. Through the academic, athletic, social and spiritual development of our student athletes, and through recruiting, we are building a championship culture that our fans can be proud of."

The Golden Gophers are going to the Quick Lane Bowl to take on Georgia Tech at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26 after notching a 6-6 season. The team finished on a roll, winning two of their last three games including a huge win over the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison. The victory allowed them to bring Paul Bunyan’s Axe home to Minnesota for the first time since 2003.  

"The growth of this program is evident," said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. "Coach Fleck is building a team that excels on and off the field. He recruits at an extreme level and has brought in the highest ranked classes in school history. His players are continually involved in the community and his program has produced record numbers of Academic All-Americans and Academic All-Big Ten honorees."

Fleck came to the Gophers in 2017 from Western Michigan and finished 5-7 in his inaugural season.