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Could Jim Leonhard leave for FSU’s D-Coordinator position?

Big, bad Florida State could be targeting Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard for the same role.

The silly coaching season hasn’t stopped in college football, and it hasn’t been without another Badgers coach on the move.

So far, Wisconsin has only lost outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar. He made a big move, becoming defensive coordinator at Oregon State.

But, if a recent report from Gridiron Now is to be believed, there could be a much bigger name on the move or at least in on a big job. According to the report, Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard is a top target for the open defensive coordinator position at Florida State.

According to the report, sources are telling the author that new head coach Willie Taggart has been going after Leonhard to join his staff in Tallahassee.

What I hear is that Taggart has been engaged in a courtship with Leonhard from the beginning stages of his tenure in Tallahassee and that Leonhard is among the top targets.

That is it, no further information other than hearsay from some source that didn’t want to go on the record.  Get used to the rumor mill circulating around Leonhard for sure though.

That’s what happens when you have an All-American award and 10-year professional career on your resume. Well, that and leading a defense that has had its third different defensive coordinator in as many seasons.

Wisconsin ranks in the top 4 nationally in all major statistically categories. They lead the country in total defense and is third in scoring defense, second in rush defense and fourth in pass defense. All in the first year of Leonhard being a coordinator.

His stock has quickly shot up with that performance, but take this report with a grain of salt though, because there is literally no inside information to speak of.

The writer expounds on his “sources” with this gem of speculation:

Would Leonhard be interested in leaving his alma mater for the same position at Florida State? Who knows. FSU likely would be willing to offer more money, but it’s unlikely that’s the primary motivator for a guy who played 10 seasons in the NFL.

What other possible enticement could Leonhard have? He’s a home-state guy, coaching the team he played for and has just started his coaching career. There’s also no real relationship with Taggart or Florida State for Leonhard to be enticed by.

As the writer noted, Leonhard isn’t going to be motivated by money so throwing big dollars at him won’t be that big of an enticement.

It certainly is flattering to hear Leonhard’s name associated with other jobs, because he’s clearly got the attention of the coaching world. But, at the same time

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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