That's Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. He was play-card deep in practice Wednesday when news broke that Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen had surprised college football by leaving to take the head job at Oregon State.
The 44-year-old Bevell was the quarterback for Wisconsin from 1992 through ’95. He was the Big Ten’s passing efficiency and touchdown-throws leader in ’93, the season he led the Badgers to a Rose Bowl win over UCLA and the No. 6 ranking in the country. His coach: Barry Alvarez, the current Wisconsin athletic director who will be hiring the Badgers’ next coach.
And he began his NFL coaching career as an assistant with Green Bay in 2000.
He's already mentioned in national stories such as this one as a potential candidate at Wisconsin.
When told of the news of Wisconsin’s current opening following practice, Bevell was surprised. He’s been considered recently for NFL head jobs, including the one in Chicago filled by long-time league coordinator Marc Trestman.
Asked if he was interested in being a head man in college, Bevell said: “I mean, being a head coach someday is of interest to me. I would say I have thought about college. I don’t exactly at this point what it would be or where it would be.
“But I do feel like I want to be head coach someday.”
It's a common consequence to NFL teams winning a Super Bowl, their coordinators becoming trendy names for high-profile openings in the league and in major college programs in the year or two following. But this Wisconsin job has a unique link to Bevell. Don't be surprised if this isn't the last we hear of him and the Badgers' opening.
Here is the audio that includes his answer on Wisconsin: