Paul Finebaum Suggests Wisconsin Might Target This Big 12 Coach

Paul Finebaum thinks Lance Leipold going to Wisconsin makes a lot of sense.

The Badgers are on the hunt for a new head coach after firing Paul Chryst, and for the time being Jim Leonhard is the interim leader of the Badgers.

Many expect the interim tag to be removed and Leonhard to be the next coach of the Badgers. However, if things continue to go south, Wisconsin will look elsewhere and Lance Leipold is right at the top of the list.

Paul Finebaum is in complete agreement.

Will Wisconsin hire Lance Leipold? (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images)

“I know this will be his week with GameDay and all the circus acts that they bring into town, but ultimately he’s getting out, he’s not going to be there long, and he shouldn’t be. I don’t care what Kansas think about what I’m about to say, but if you can get a couple wins and some momentum there, have your agent get you an offer worth about four or five times that value and Wisconsin would be a great landing spot. Anywhere would be a great landing spot for him,” Finebaum said on an ESPN college football podcast, according to 247Sports.

Wisconsin hiring Lance Leipold makes a lot of sense.

The future of the Wisconsin program really hinges on how well Jim Leonhard does over the next seven regular season games.

If the Badgers finish 7-5, which is not likely in my humble opinion, it’s hard to imagine Leonhard doesn’t keep the job permanently.

However, Leipold going to Madison makes a lot of sense. The man is a proven winner, and wherever he’s been, the results have been outstanding.

Lance Leipold is a top target for Wisconsin. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

He won six national titles at UW-Whitewater, took a traditionally bad Buffalo program to three straight bowl games and has Kansas off to the team’s best start in 13 years.

Barack Obama was in his first term the last time Kansas won five games in a season. Lance Leipold accomplished that feat with the Jayhawks five games into his second season.

Again, the results aren’t up for debate. Lance Leipold is a proven winner.

Will Wisconsin make Lance Leipold a huge offer? (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the Kansas coach is from Wisconsin, spent some time with the Badgers in the early 1990s and was a head coach at Whitewater. There’s a natural connection there.

Plus, Wisconsin has much deeper pockets than Kansas. There’s nothing Kansas can offer Lance Leipold that the Badgers can’t easily match.

Lance Leipold has Kansas off to a 5-0 start. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Will it happen? Fans won’t know for awhile, but speculation is definitely swirling.

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. Yeah BUT … there is nothing in Leipold’s background that says his priority is $$$$$$. That might sound sacrilegious in 2022. His Wisconsin connections notwithstanding … he might be like that ol’ philosopher Roy Williams said “How many golf balls does one man need?”
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    Personally I hope Leonhard can show he has legit HC/CEO qualities over the next two months to keep the job. If so, I bet he can bring some quick positive energy to Badger Football Culture that “frumpy Ol’ Paul in his hoodie” simply did not do..
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