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Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 9:55 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It appears we are getting close to Pitt finding a replacement for Todd Graham after Graham left the school to take over at Arizona State.

An Associated Press source with knowledge of the decision says Pittsburgh has hired Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to be the next head football coach.  This confirms a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Wednesday night, as well as several other outlets with sources close to the program. 

The Post-Gazette report says that the two sides are still working on a contract agreement, and that an official announcement could come in the next day or two. Which, we'll admit, leaves a bit of wiggle room. It wouldn't be the first contract negotiation to go horribly awry.

It had been reported earlier in the week that FIU's Mario Cristobal was the frontrunner for the job with Chryst in second place, but it seems that has changed for now. Chryst also interviewed at Pitt last January before the school decided to hire Todd Graham.

Graham took the Pittsburgh head coaching job 11 months ago preaching character, commitment and a "high octane" offense designed to take the Big East by storm.

What was high-octane was watching Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri dodge pass rush from the opposition.  The Panthers allowed 57 sacks this season, easily the most in the FBS, and Graham enraged the Pitt fan base by shifting blame from himself to Sunseri.

Chryst, a former Wisconsin quarterback, has built one of the Big Ten's most dominant offensive units since joining the Badgers' coaching staff in 2005.  This season, the Badgers' led the Big Ten in total offense with 466.9 yards per game and the unit has finished in the top three of that same category every season since 2007.   



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Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:15 am
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

I'm more than happy with this hire! Go Pitt!



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

WVU_93............the ACC is a much stronger conference from top to bottom in all sports than the BIG XII or the BIG EAST hands down. You WVU people only know how to knock other programs and conferences rather than stand up and be counted as top quality and a decent program.  You knock everyone else, and then turn around and head to the BIG XII (which is good), then you sue the BIG EAST to leave in 9 months. Pal....you need to get a life and start saving to get airline tickets or get on your "high horse" in an RV and head Southwest to support the big WVU Mountainwhatevers when they are on the road in a conference game in a couple of years. To close, it is evident why the SEC, ACC and B1G said that WVU did not fit in with their respective conferences; is because of people like you that always carry a big "chip" on your shoulders and stirs up a lot of crap everyday. Grow Up fellow, and enjoy the Big East for a couple of years !!!



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

It's no wonder some of these players act the way they do. A coach comes to a very good athlete's house, promises his mom he will care for him. Acts like they will be lifetime friends. Tells the media he loves this school and you couldn't pry him away with a crowbar. Lies to the media or anyone that asks him when there is a rumor. Then then 5 minutes later they are gone , usually won't coach in the bowll game. Some get mental problems like that guy going to ark st. Cn't stand the fact they got passed over on a job they wanted.



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

CHRYST-mas time is here!!!Surprised



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

I see Rushel Shell redshirting, Isaac Bennett played very well as a true freshman. Ray Graham might be ready and if he is way not redshirt Shell and play Graham & Bennett. Now if Graham isn't ready then play Shell. 


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Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:07 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:01 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

That last part had was funny.



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

Look for some of the former members of Brad Childress' Vikings staff to make a move to Pitt as assistant coaches. 



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Pittsburgh hires Wisconsin's Paul Chryst

Chryst is a GREAT hire.. may not be a flashy recruiter but kids will buy in when they start seeing the W's.. We'll miss him in Wisco for sure! Anybody know if he'll be calling plays in the Rose Bowl???


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