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Jags defensive coordinator says he’s not interested in Wisconsin job

Mel Tucker AP

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker played his college football at Wisconsin for coach Barry Alvarez, who is now the school’s athletic director and is trying to find a new coach after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. But Tucker says you can stop connecting those dots right there.

Well, there’s not an interest on my part at this time,” Tucker said of the Wisconsin job, via our friends at College Football Talk. “So that’s kind of where it is right now.”

Tucker said he has talked to Alvarez about it, although he didn’t offer any details. Tucker’s qualifications for the job include five seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator and assistant coaching stints at Ohio State, Michigan State and LSU.

We hate parsing coaches’ words at this time of year, but it is interesting that Tucker mentioned he’s not interested “at this time.” With the Jaguars at 2-11 and Tucker and the rest of the staff in danger of ending up unemployed after the season, it’s entirely possible that three weeks from now, Tucker will be interested.

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4 Responses to “Jags defensive coordinator says he’s not interested in Wisconsin job”
  1. thejohnsmith1122 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:10 AM

    “Tucker said he has talked to Alvarez about it, although he didn’t offer any details. ”

    That says it all. Whether he publicly shows interest or not is a different story. I guess we’ll have to wait until the end of Jags season before he “shows” interest.

  2. chris6523 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:32 AM

    The “at this time” comment was interesting. My guess is he didn’t come out of the meeting with Barry thinking he had a shot at the job, so he downplayed his interest.

  3. sparty0n says: Dec 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    It may be more of a matter of, does he want to work for Barry vs is he intrested in the job.

  4. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    Trust me—if Alvarez offered him the job he would have jumped. Now.

    He has to know what everyone else knows—he and all the coaches there are history as soon as the season is over.

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