The Wisconsin Badgers failed to bring home Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The Minnesota Gophers defeated the Badgers 23-16 on Saturday evening in a game that was riddled in frustration. Indeed, many fans took to social media after the game to voice their frustration with interim head coach Jim Leonhard. The players, though, are very supportive of Leonhard. So much so, in fact, that perhaps their biggest star, Nick Herbig, voiced his frustration that Leonhard has not been given the job yet.
Nick Herbig not pleased that he feels he and his teammates were left "out to dry" with Paul Chryst's firing and the weeks of uncertainty: I just wish we could get an answer.
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) November 27, 2022
Will the Badgers Hire Jim Leonhard as Head Coach?
The job of head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team was posted on the university’s website a little more than a week ago. According to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin has conducted some interviews and will announce a decision on Leonhard in the coming days. As Potrykus notes, these interviews took place before the position was posted by the university. They already know what they are going to do.
Since #Badgers fans here are talking all things Jim Leonhard, here is the piece I wrote long after the game. It includes names of the three coaches I know were vetted/interviewed/talked to during the search, which began weeks ago, not after the job was posted. https://t.co/LfLMZKDoEG
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) November 27, 2022
There is strong sentiment among Badgers fans that the team will announce Leonhard as the head coach sometime soon.
Will Nick Herbig Return to Wisconsin
As a junior, Nick Herbig still has the option to return to Wisconsin next season. However, according to Evan Flood, Herbig has not made a decision for 2023 yet.
Nick Herbig said he hasn't made any decisions on 2023. #Badgers
— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) November 27, 2022
Herbig has 32 tackles this season, which include 15.5 for a loss. He also has 11.0 sacks on the season. He leads the Big Ten in both tackles for loss and sacks.
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