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Wisconsin takes next step in hiring football coach

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Interim coach Jim Leonhard is proud of how Wisconsin football has rallied under his leadership and the changes he's made.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Wisconsin football team and interim coach Jim Leonhard became bowl eligible at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday after defeating Nebraska.

Six hours later, the athletic department posted the team's head coaching position on its job board looking for its next permanent coach.

The position must be posted for seven days, according to UW System rules, before it can be filled. UW retained the search firm TurnKey to present and review candidates, and applicants are directed to TurnKey's website to submit materials. Applicants must apply by Saturday, Nov. 26 to be considered.

The posting is bare-bones, listing just two preferred qualities: at least five years of successful college coaching and head coaching success.

"Other qualifications include the ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups and administrators, faculty, staff and students," the posting reads. "The successful applicant must be able to develop and implement innovative approaches and solutions; work well independently and in teams; and be flexible in accepting new responsibilities."

Leonhard, one of the front-runners for the job, helped shape the UW defense into one of the best in the nation as the Badgers' defensive coordinator. But his six-game resume as UW's interim coach is his only experience as a head coach.

Applicants can request anonymity and prevent their names from being released during open records requests.

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