Luke Fickell is reportedly very open towards “exploring options” with former interim head coach Jim Leonhard, likely including the possibility of retaining him as defensive coordinator.

The hiring for the former Cincinnati head coach took a lot of Wisconsin fans by surprise. After all, Leonhard navigated a bad situation and led the Badgers to bowl eligibility following the firing of Paul Chryst mid-season.

This would truly be the best of both worlds. According to Benjamin Worgull, who covers Wisconsin football, the 2 men are expected to talk more about the possibilities Wednesday.

Fickell is holding his introductory press conference Monday after being officially named head coach Sunday night.

He has been described by some as a home run hire for the Badgers. Let’s see where he can take them!