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Oregon State's Mike Riley tells Wisconsin he's not interested

Riley is 73-52 in his second stint at Oregon State. (US Presswire)

UPDATED (1:56 p.m. CST): Oregon State coach Mike Riley heard from Wisconsin via phone regarding the Badgers' head coach opening, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Riley was flattered by the interest, according to the source, but he won't be the Badgers' coach. Per OSU's athletic communications department, Riley says he "has not interviewed, isn't scheduled to interview and has no interest in Wisconsin." On Thursday night, CBS Sports reported Riley was "set to interview" with Wisconsin.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest is reporting Riley spoke to Wisconsin but a formal interview isn't taking place.

Wisconsin is believed to be looking for established head coaches with clean NCAA records, a mold that Riley fits.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is a candidate. Iowa State's Paul Rhoads garnered interest early in the process but nothing materialized.

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel first reported that Miami coach Al Golden emerged as a serious Wisconsin candidate but bowed out of the race on Thursday.

Wisconsin is replacing Bret Bielema, who took the Arkansas job last week. Athletics director Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers through the Rose Bowl.

 
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