Possible Nebraska Coaching Target Doesn’t Commit To Keeping His Current Job

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard isn’t committed to staying with the Badgers forever.

The star DC for the Badgers is viewed by many as the best assistant in the country, and following the firing of Scott Frost, his name was even floated for the opening in Lincoln.

While it’s unclear what the future holds for the former NFL player, he’s leaving the door open to any options that might come up.

Will Nebraska hire Jim Leonhard? (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Will Jim Leonhard leave Wisconsin?

Leonhard told the media the following in part last week when discussing his job in Madison amid speculation he could leave, according to The Athletic:

I’ve talked it a lot. I’m comfortable here. I’m not saying that this is the place I’ll be the rest of my life, but I love this place. I love what we’re doing. I like the guys and who I’m coaching with. So I’m not in a rush to make decisions that I think some people think I am. I’m excited to right the ship coming off a loss. I don’t like where we’re at. That’s my focus right now. I’m not worried about anything else. It’s kind of crazy to see within the course of seasons these decisions being made obviously more and more year-in and year-out, which just adds to more and more speculation when games are being played where that really wasn’t the norm not too long ago.

For those of you who remember, I actually wrote about Leonhard’s future following Wisconsin losing to Washington State.

He’s going to be a head coach somewhere in the near future. If Nebraska is going to target him, which is very possible, shouldn’t Wisconsin want to keep him home?

Is Jim Leonhard a target for Nebraska? (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It’s unclear where Leonhard might rank on Nebraska’s list, but his comments indicate he’s open to hearing offers if some roll in.

“I’m not saying that this is the place I’ll be the rest of my life” is not something Wisconsin fans want to hear. Yes, he immediately said he loves UW, but the door is clearly open.

If you’re a Nebraska fan, you have to love Leonhard’s comments. If you’re a Wisconsin fan, definitely not so much.

Jim Leonhard discusses his future in Madison. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There’s going to be a time for tough decisions if the Cornhuskers truly come calling for Leonard. Hard choices and tough conversations will have to be had. As a Wisconsin man, it makes me very nervous.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.


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  1. “The Jim Leonhard Conundrum” has been THE 24/7 conversation topic among Badger fans seemingly forever … almost as long as Joe Thomas’ consecutive game streak or longer. … and will remain so until either he leaves or replaces “Frumpy Ol’ Paul Cryst” as UW HC.
    The contrast between “Young Dynamic Local Legend Leonhard” and “Frumpy Ol’ Paul in his Hoodie” could not be more dramatic and tailor-made for rank & file fans to gnaw on 24/7. It is a version of the old saying – the most popular player on Every NFL team is the back-up QB.
    ….. under the assumption that Barry Alvarez is STILL the puppetmaster of UW FB … he (Barry) could create a admin position for “Frumpy Ol’ Paul” and elevate Leonhard to HC thereby satisfying “the Give Us Barabas Mob” … or watch Leonhard leave – but not likely to Nebraska. ……. If tOSU blows out the Badgers this Saturday look for the Give Up Jim cries to escalate in Madison.

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