Wisconsin is in the market for a new head coach after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas in a shocking move that seemingly came out of left field, so could they pull off an equally shocking move and lure Al Golden out of Miami?
Source tells me Chris Peterson, Darrell Bevell, Mel Tucker and Al Golden are all "legit candidates" for the #Badgers job. Still early.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 7, 2012
Golden has been rumored in recent weeks to be drawing interest from Tennessee and Boston College, but to this point has said all the right things you would expect of a coach who is committed to the future of the Hurricanes stating numerous times he will be coaching Miami in 2013.
Wisconsin doesn’t have him atop their list. In fact, the school is rumored to be interviewing Chris Petersen, but you have to wonder if Golden would think about a return to the Big Ten, the conference where he once starred at Penn State as a linebacker.
If the opportunity presents itself and Petersen turns the job down and they turn to Golden, the ability to have a full scholarship allotment, while being bowl-eligible in a familiar conference and getting a hefty pay raise could be enough to entice him to leave for a fresh start.
It’s admittedly a long shot, and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez would have his work cut out for him, but after witnessing the Tennessee coaching search, nothing should surprise us anymore when it comes to a coaching search.
Miami is likely to be the favorite in the Coastal division in the ACC next year though with players like Duke Johnson and Stephen Morris returning to the team that is on the upswing after two seasons under Golden, who has a contract that runs through 2020.
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