As for Paul Christian’s record entering this season, Wisconsin seemed to be lurking almost out of nowhere. Longtime head coach fired Despite Christian’s 67-26 record. The move clears the way for favorite son Jim Leonhard to give a full audition Badgers program, which is why the coaching change has now been made, Athletics asked.
Leonhart gets seven regular season games and maybe a bowl game To make his case to keep the job. He was a terrific defensive coordinator and turned down significant money to stay in Madison. His seven-match streak has not included a ranked opponent during this time. The idea here is that he will get a good chance to prove that he is worthy of the job. Going 5-2 or better would seem like enough to show he can fuel the offense.
But if Leonhart doesn’t finish the job, things will get a lot more interesting.
Lance Leibold, head coach, Kansas
If you’re a Nebraska fan, you should be rooting for the Badgers to go on a roll and win, except for the Nov. 19 game in Lincoln. The reason: One of the Cornhuskers’ top targets, Kansas’ Lance Leibold, is a Wisconsin native who won six Division III national titles in the state.
Will Leibold, a former Nebraska assistant, choose Nebraska over Wisconsin? We’re not too sure about that, but if Leonhardt does well, it could become a highlight. Regardless, Liebold’s stock is now on the rise after his remarkable turnaround at Kansas.
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