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.