After three seasons at Pitt, Paul Chryst has been tabbed by Barry Alvarez as the new head coach at Wisconsin. The press conference to formally introduce him is live on BTN at 7pm EST.
Once the news broke of Gary Andersen's departure to Oregon State after two seasons, Chryst's name immediately emerged as the top choice to replace Andersen, and his hire a week later was the worst kept secret in college football. Alvarez had his short list, and moved as fast as state law would allow him (about a week) for this one.
At Pitt, Chryst's first head head coaching job, he compiled an overall record of 19-19, including a 10-13 mark in conference play and a 1-1 bowl record. In 2010 and 2011, Chryst helped lead the Badgers to back to back Rose Bowl games as the offensive coordinator. Chryst coached in Madison for a total of eight seasons, including the 2002 and 2005 seasons under former head coach turned athletic director Barry Alvarez, and spent 2005-2011 as the Badger offensive coordinator. He was also born and raised in Madison and also played quarterback for the Badgers. With Chryst, Wisconsin is getting someone as familiar with the Wisconsin football brand as it gets, and an individual who has obvious recruiting ties in the area as well. He should be able to step in and implement some new ideas he learned during his time at Pitt, while keeping things moving smoothly in the right direction for the Badgers. Chryst will take over for Gary Andersen, who left Wisconsin for Oregon State last week. With the move, Pitt joins Michigan and Colorado State among the open jobs at the FBS level.