Zach Azzanni, who has ties to Florida and new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, is a candidate to be the wide receivers coach for the University of Wisconsin.
Azzanni is currently the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Western Kentucky.
A source who has talked to Azzanni said nothing has been offered at this point, but it appears to be "heading in that direction," pending approval by whoever becomes the new UW offensive coordinator.
The source said Azzanni was told by UW coach Bret Bielema that he is talking to two candidates for the coordinator job. One of the candidates knows Azzanni and would be fine with him as receivers coach. The other candidate doesn't know Azzanni personally but would likely be on board with the hire.
Azzanni coached wide receivers under Meyer at Florida in 2010. He was one of several assistants not retained by current Gators coach Will Muschamp after he replaced Meyer prior to this past season.
Before his stint with the Gators, Azzanni spent two years as the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach at Central Michigan. He served as a graduate assistant under Meyer at Bowling Green in 2001 and '02.
Azzanni is regarded as a strong recruiter with connections in Florida, especially the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas.
"He is a tireless worker, relentless recruiter, and a great teacher of fundamentals," Meyer said after hiring Azzanni at Florida.
Receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander is one of five assistants who left Bielema's staff following the season. Alexander took a job as receivers coach at Arizona State.
The other four coaches all went to Pittsburgh, where former UW offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Chryst was named the head coach, bringing along offensive line coach Bob Bostad, tight ends coach Joe Rudolph and linebackers coach Dave Huxtable.
As for Chryst's successor at UW, one potential candidate with strong credentials is Temple offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler.
But a UW source said even though people have reached out to Bielema on Loeffler's behalf, the former Michigan quarterback is not high on Bielema's list at this point.
Loeffler is considered to be a top quarterbacks coach and has worked with the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, the Miami Dolphins' Chad Henne and the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow.
A source who had spoken to Loeffler said he had contact with UW prior to the Rose Bowl, but has heard nothing since then. A UW source said Bielema didn't speak to Loeffler prior to the Rose Bowl.
Loeffler coached quarterbacks at Florida under Meyer in 2009 and '10, working with Tebow his first year.
In 2008, Loeffler spent a year coaching quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions, but the entire staff was fired following an 0-16 season.
He coached quarterbacks at Michigan for six seasons prior to that, working with Drew Henson, John Navarre and Henne. Loeffler started out as a student assistant with the Wolverines in 1996 and '97, then worked as a graduate assistant the following two years, developing a close friendship with Brady that exists to this day.
The only candidate known to have interviewed for the UW coordinator job is Oklahoma cooffensive coordinator Jay Norvell, a former Badgers assistant who has decided to stay with the Sooners.
A UW source said Norvell was not offered the Badgers' coordinator position. The source indicated Norvell and Bielema had a differing of offensive philosophies.
Norvell wanted to take the offense in a different direction. Bielema wants the offense to remain similar to the pro style it has been under Chryst the previous seven years.