According to John Canzano, Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck is officially ruled out of Oregon's coaching search.
Western Michigan coach PJ Fleck did not receive a formal interview with the Oregon Ducks today, per source. Door closed there.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) December 6, 2016
Early in Oregon’s coaching search, many had Fleck high up on Oregon’s list. His ability to quickly turn a program around, combined with his high energy, seemed to make him a trendy pick to take the reins in Eugene.
Over the weekend, sources had confirmed that Fleck had not received an interview with Oregon. Canzano stated in an article that he believed Phil Knight and Pat Kilkenny (the men who have way too much say in this process, in my opinion) want “substance vs. style.” Translation: Sure, Fleck’s energy, speeches and catch phrases are fun, but he’s not ready for the Oregon job.
As far as guys who have received interviews? The Ducks spoke with South Florida’s Willie Taggart and Ohio State’s Greg Schiano, and according to Canzano, Rob Mullens was planning to conduct multiple interviews in New York today.
There’s still no sense of which direction the Ducks will go with their next head coach. When Mark Helfrich landed the job, it took four days. But of course, it’s going to take a bit longer when you're interviewing candidates around the country.
Until then, we’ll just keep twiddling our thumbs, waiting for more news.