Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has no interest "at this time" in becoming the next head football coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Tucker, a former Badgers defensive back, said on Monday he spoke to UW athletic director Barry Alvarez on Friday, but insisted "there's really no news there."

"Well, there's not an interest on my part at this time," Tucker said at the Jaguars' weekly news conference, where he was filling in for ill head coach Mike Mularkey. "So that's kind of where it is right now. But, yeah, I have talked to coach, coach Alvarez."

Tucker, who played at UW under Alvarez from 1990 to 1994, said he was not offered the job.

"I was in his first recruiting class in 1990, so I'm very close with coach Alvarez and we've stayed in touch over the years and we talk from time to time," Tucker said. "But there's nothing there really to report, and it's nothing more than that."

Tucker, 40, is in his fourth season as defensive coordinator for the Jaguars and his first as assistant head coach after finishing last season as the team's interim head coach. He was with the Cleveland Browns for four years prior to coming to Jacksonville.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State under Nick Saban, and coached for seven more years at Miami (Ohio), LSU and Ohio State before leaving for the NFL.

Meanwhile, another potential candidate, Miami (Fla.) coach Al Golden, can also apparently be taken off Alvarez's list.

A source close to the UW football program, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the coaching search, said Alvarez was told by people who know Golden he would not be a good fit at UW.

The source also said Alvarez is focusing on current head coaches of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Alvarez said at a news conference last week he would start his search with current head coaches.

The list of current head coaches could include Boise State coach Chris Petersen. A source last week told the State Journal Petersen could interview with Alvarez as early as the beginning of this week.

It is unclear if that has happened. Idaho Press-Tribune reporter Dave Southorn posted on his Twitter account on Monday that Petersen was in Boise and not Madison.

Southorn also posted that the school's athletic director, Mark Coyle, has not been told by Petersen he will be interviewing anywhere.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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what about craig boll from n. dak state. he has a nebraska pedigree and trememdous success at that level.


This search process seems way too calm. Most feel like a small cyclone between the rumors and leaks. Me thinks BA has someone or two lined up already and is doing the search and screen process above board to avoid the bad press he got for his selection process of BB. When the formalities are over he'll move. He's done a great job not playing his cards. Or...he's totally lost.

Mayor Shovelshitz

I agree with you and predictions are worth what you pay for them. 0


Tucker did NOT say he wasn't interested.

Read between the lines people, he clearly sounds interested.


I hate to say it.. petersen isn't gonna come... ugh hate waiting for this but never know this is college ball and Barry could surprise


This sucks! Sounds like we are going to end up with a boring, no name, hard nosed coach. Five years of rebuilding here we come. As usual we trying to win with two star recruits and a second tier coach. Get ready for a bunch of champs sports bowls.


Other than Peterson from Boise St, is there really any high profile coaches out there that would come to Wisconsin? If Peterson rejects the Wisconsin offer, Barry will have to hire some assistant, be it college or pro. This will hardly get the alumni or fans excited. With Ohio State coming off probation, this new coach that Barry will hire is gonna have a tough time. UW needs to get Peterson at all costs. A no name assistant will hurt our recruiting for 1-2 yrs. we can't afford to fall behind Ohio state for too long. It will only be harder to get back to the top.


I got a bad feeling about new coach... its hard to get kids to come play in the cold and just got knots... could just he nervous because we have improved over the years and would love see a nat champ game in the future... been thinking about BB and he could have... I live in NE and osborne didn't right away but teams improved... fingers crossed. on wisconsin!


I thought Barry said that early in the process he was only looking at head coaches?

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