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Opinion: P.J. Fleck won't compromise his unique style as he leads Minnesota to rare heights


Before he hangs up the phone, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck wants to make sure I understand something going into the most highly-anticipated game of his coaching career.

“Row The Boat is alive and well,” he says, pushing back one last time on the compliment I had spent the past few minutes trying to pay him.

Here’s the thing you have to understand about the 38-year old Fleck, who rose to national prominence three years ago on a raft of slogans and buzzwords while leading Western Michigan to a 13-0 regular season: He’s exactly who he is and doesn't want to be portrayed any other way.