The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start looking for a receivers coach to replace P.J. Fleck.
Western Michigan hired the 32-year-old Fleck, making him the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The hire was first reported by the Kalamazoo Gazette. The school said it would introduce Fleck at a news conference today in Kalamazoo.
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, speaking at his Monday afternoon news conference, described Fleck as "an excellent football coach.’’
Fleck came to the Bucs from Rutgers University, where he held the same position on Schiano’s staff. Fleck is among the team’s most admired assistants, credited with improving a Bucs receiving corps that is getting big seasons out of Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
Fleck played receiver for Northern Illinois from 1999 to 2003 and spent two seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel in 2006. He spent three seasons as wide receivers coach at NIU before being hired by Schiano in 2010.
He surpasses Matt Campbell of Toledo as the youngest head coach in the FBS. Campbell turned 33 in November. Newly hired Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury also turned 33 this year. Fleck turned 32 in November.
A Western Michigan spokesman did not return immediately return a phone message left by the AP.
WMU fired Bill Cubit with a year left on his contract the day after the Broncos lost their season finale to Eastern Michigan on Nov. 17. Western Michigan finished 4-8 and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference, struggling to recover when senior quarterback Alex Carder injured his middle finger on his right hand during a win against Connecticut in September and missed six conference games.
Cubit was 51-47 overall and 36-27 in the MAC over eight seasons. He led the program to three bowl games.