By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
Jim Leonhard would have preferred that it happen under just about any other circumstance. But the former Wisconsin safety and NFL veteran has an opportunity to lead his alma mater’s football program. How long he has this chance could depend on whether he can help Wisconsin salvage a season that’s gone so far off track that it led to former coach Paul Chryst’s exit. Wisconsin fired Chryst and named Leonhard interim head coach after a 34-10 loss to Illinois that dropped the Badgers’ record to 2-3. Leonhard had been Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator since 2017.