Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sources: Pitt to hire Chryst as coach
By Adam Rittenberg
Paul Chryst's wait is over.
The Wisconsin offensive coordinator will be named head coach at Pittsburgh, colleague Joe Schad and others are reporting.
Chryst interviewed for the Pitt vacancy for the second consecutive season, and this time, he landed the job. Florida International coach Mario Cristobal and Ohio State's Luke Fickell also were in the mix at Pitt. Chryst also reportedly drew interest from Illinois for its recent vacancy.
As most blog readers know, I'm a big fan of Chryst's. He's one of the nation's best playcallers and should be an excellent head coach. This opportunity is overdue. While Pitt has botched its last two head-coach hires, the school should be much happier this time around.
Chryst's departure will affect Wisconsin, which also will lose quarterback Russell Wilson and possibly running back Montee Ball. His exit also could push quarterback transfer Dayne Crist away from the Badgers. Crist is deciding between Wisconsin and Kansas. It will be interesting to see where head coach Bret Bielema turns for Chryst's replacement.
More to come Thursday ...