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After negative recruiting dust-up, Gophers’ P.J. Fleck compliments Badgers’ Luke Fickell

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The rivalry between the Gophers and Badgers football teams was stoked soon after Luke Fickell became Wisconsin’s head coach last November.

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck had accused Wisconsin of negative recruiting toward Prior Lake defensive lineman Martin Owusu before national signing day in December, citing text messages.

“We Axed that,” Fleck said as Owusu signed with the Gophers.

Fickell refuted the claim later that day.

On Monday, Fleck told the Pioneer Press that issue has not been revisited with Fickell, and Fleck was complimentary of Fickell’s work at Wisconsin and earlier in his career, which included a College Football Playoff appearance with Cincinnati.

Fickell and Fleck worked on the same coaching staff at Ohio State in 2006, when Fleck was a graduate assistant and Fickell was the Buckeyes’ linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator.

“I only worked with him for five or six mo...

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