Chryst On the Verge Of Being Hired

Pittsburgh head coach, and former Wisconsin offensive coordinator, Paul Chryst has informed his team that he's heading to Wisconsin to meet with school officials, which likely is the final step before he's officially named the Badgers' head coach.

MADISON - Paul Chryst might be dusting off his old gray Wisconsin sweatshirt by late tomorrow afternoon.

With Wisconsin able to make a job offer starting at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, Chryst is expected to fly to Madison by Wednesday to meet with school officials. He is expected to accept the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin, sources told BadgerNation.

A news conference to announce Chryst, 49, as the program’s 30th head coach could come as early as tomorrow.

Chryst would replace Gary Andersen, who resigned from his post last Wednesday to accept the head coach job at Oregon State.

A Pitt source told BadgerNation that Chryst told his team after practice Tuesday he was going to Wisconsin to speak to officials about the school’s coaching vacancy, but did not elaborate beyond that, including what his intentions were, if he would accept the job or commit himself to being at Pitt long term, something he has danced around the past two days.

A Madison native, Chryst has been a fixture in the state’s football scene for decades. He led Platteville to the WIAA Division 4 state title, was the quarterback of the Badgers in the late 80s, was UW’s tight end coach in 2002 and the offensive coordinator from 2005-11 before becoming the head coach at Pitt in 2012.

Wisconsin went 60-19 record (.759) during his six seasons overseeing the offense, which annually ranked among the best in the country. In his final three seasons, Wisconsin achieved the Big Ten's best record (32-8, .800) while averaging 39.2 points per game during that span. Chryst also coached the UW quarterbacks and was named a finalist for the prestigious Broyles Award, annually presented to college football's top assistant, each of the past two seasons.

In three seasons at Pittsburgh, Chryst is 19-19, having overhauled the program and the offense while still making three consecutive bowl games. Multiple reports have said Chryst would bring assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/tight end coach Joe Rudolph, a former UW assistant, and defensive coordinator Matt House with him.

Sources said House would become Wisconsin’s defensive line coach, opening the door for current UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to remain on staff. House would replace defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a, who is expected to be on Andersen’s first Oregon State staff.

Sources also told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Chryst would likely target Bob Bostad, Wisconsin’s former offensive line coach currently with the Tennessee Titans, to replace current OL coach T.J. Woods, who is also expected to join Andersen at Oregon State. Bostad and Chryst are good friends, and Bostad originally left with Chryst for Pitt.

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