CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Wisconsin”s Barry Alvarez says he hasn”t had any contact with Miami. But that doesn”t mean he won”t.

Alvarez appears to be the Hurricanes” top choice to succeed Butch Davis, who resigned earlier this week to take the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns.

Athletic director Paul Dee said yesterday that Miami”s list of candidates is down to “four or five names.”

“We haven”t called anybody at this point,” Dee said.

Dee said he and the university”s board of trustees will begin contacting candidates this morning.

Alvarez interviewed for the Miami job in 1995 after Dennis Erickson left the program, but the Hurricanes hired Davis instead. Alvarez also has ties to incoming Miami president Donna Shalala, who was Wisconsin”s chancellor when the Badgers hired Alvarez to rebuild the program in 1990.

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