A person familiar with the decision says Western Michigan has hired 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant P.J. Fleck as its head coach.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the school was not yet ready to make an announcement. The hire was first reported by the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Fleck will be the youngest head coach in the Bowl Subdivision. He has worked for Bucs coach Greg Schiano the past three years. Fleck was receivers coach at Rutgers before following Schiano to Tampa Bay this season to do the same job.
Fleck played receiver for Northern Illinois from 1999-2003 and spent two season in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2006.