The NFL season is still far from over, but the college football coaching carousel is already spinning at full speed and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker may be taking a ride sometime soon.
According to reports, the Wisconsin Badgers are interested in Tucker for their recently vacated head coaching position.
Tucker, a former Badgers defensive back, has experience in the Big 10 conference as a player and as a coach with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He has been the defensive coordinator with the Jaguars since 2009 and has recently become a hot name with head coaching vacancies, so the Badgers interest in him is not really a surprise.
Tucker was the Jaguars interim head coach at the end of last season after they fired head coach Jack Del Rio. New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan interviewed Tucker this past offseason for the head coach job, but was eventually beat out by current head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey decided to keep Tucker and most of his defensive assistants on his staff after the Jaguars defense had one of their best seasons in years in 2011.
The Badgers did not expect to be searching for a head coach this offseason, but they were caught by surprise on Tuesday when Bret Bielema took the Arkansas Razorbacks job.
Tucker may be especially eager to listen to what Wisconsin has to offer given the uncertain future of the Jaguars front office and coaching staff following what is shaping up to be an extremely disappointing 2012 season.