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Wisconsin Coaching Search: Scratch Off 2 Would-Have-Been Candidates

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UPDATE, 5:34 pm: GoldandBlack.com, Rivals' Purdue site, sent out this crypitc tweet just a few minutes ago. File that into the FWIW category, I guess.

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The Wisconsin Badgers job is likely the best available job in college football at the moment, but top coaching candidates are getting snapped up quickly. The timing of Arkansas' hiring of Bret Bielema wasn't great for Wisconsin, considering how quickly the coaching carousel is moving.

Former UW coordinator Dave Doeren departed Northern Illinois for NC State before Bielema left, and Gus Malzahn predictably returned to Auburn after Gene Chizik was fired. There are plenty of decent guys out there (and we'll be writing about a lot of them), but a couple of other top mid-major guys got snapped up by big programs today.

Division rivals Purdue named Kent State coach Darrell Hazell as their head coach today, which is a great pickup for them. He's done a brilliant job with the Golden Flashes and should improve the Boilermakers very quickly. Temple head coach Steve Addazio has a new job as well: He's headed to Boston College.

As some of the big rising names in college coaching get snapped up, the pool of candidates for Wisconsin to pick from gets thinner and thinner. Who do you want to see UW hire?