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Barry Alvarez says Wisconsin hasn't made offers to any head coaches

The Godfather has spoken. No offers made, in front of open doors anyways.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Director Barry Alvarez issued the following statement this morning regarding the ongoing search for a new head football coach.

"We are continuing the process of finding our new head football coach. We have not offered the position to anyone. In accordance with University of Wisconsin hiring policies, the earliest we could make an offer to a candidate is Wednesday, Dec. 17. Any accepted offer would be contingent upon approval by the UW System Board of Regents."

Sounds about right. Alvarez isn't going to be stepping on any legal toes during this process. Current Pittsburgh head coach and former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is rumored to succeed Gary Andersen as head coach, following Andersen's departure to Oregon State. If you ask me, this sounds like coach speak (see what I did there) for "I can't officially tell you who I'm hiring until the 17th, but I already had it leaked to you. What more you want?"

Even though he's keeping mum in public, you can surely bet Barry has been wheeling and dealing constantly for the past 36 hours.