P.J. Fleck is in a fowl mood. Take a gander at his latest way to motivate Minnesota.
The team has added another locker prop after laying an egg against Maryland: Geese. Dozens of fake geese have flocked to Minnesota’s football facility as Fleck — famous for his “Row the Boat” mantra — uses them to get a message to his team.
He’s hoping that the lessons of flying in a V result in more W’s.
“Geese fly in a V. And we’re talking about developing leadership. There are a lot of people here who don’t have experience and are expected to lead, and they’ve never done that let alone lead a Division I football program in the Big Ten,” Fleck said. “The goose at the front of the V, that’s the one that has to work the hardest. The geese to the sides are the ones that draft them. The loudest geese are the ones in the back, because they’re the ones encouraging everyone else to continue to fly. If one goose happens to leave the flock, there’s another goose that goes with them. There’s no man — or no goose — left behind. So we talk about you’re going to take turns at the front, leading this football team. That’s what the geese are for. They’re around everywhere.”
Nadine Babu of GopherHole posted video of Fleck’s explanation on Twitter.
— Nadine Babu (@NadineBabu) October 3, 2017
Minnesota hopes its quest for a first Big Ten win doesn’t turn into a wild goose chase. The Gophers play at Purdue on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
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