That majority is “not 100 percent yet,” Fleck said. It does include Fleck, he confirmed, but he wasn’t willing to share the exact percentage of players and staff protected against COVID-19.
“I’m incredibly pleased,” Fleck said inside Lucas Oil Stadium. “This team loves each other. This isn’t about if you get the vaccination, you love the team; if you don’t, you’re not. They have a choice on whether they get it or not. But this team is so close and we were one of those teams (whose game) was canceled last year.”
The Gophers had two games canceled, against Wisconsin and Northwestern, due to a COVID-19 breakout in late November and early December in the 2020 season. They had multiple games with more than 20 players out, including 33 out during the 24-17 victory over Nebraska on Dec. 12. They made up the Badgers game at a later date that originally was going to be a crossover game against a Big Ten East division opponent.
“They knew what that was like,” Fleck said of games called off. “They don’t want to go through that again. They listened to their doctors and medical staff. I don’t know anything about it. You