Will Chryst leave for Oregon State?

Despite premature reports to the contrary, Paul Chryst has not yet accepted the Offensive Coordinator position with Mike Riley and Oregon State. But a decision could come soon, marking the second assistant coach to leave the Badger program in two months.

Coach Barry Alvarez could potentially lose his second assistant coach this offseason, if as expected, Tight Ends Coach Paul Chryst heads to Oregon State to rejoin his mentor Mike Riley.

But as of late Friday morning, the decision was not official, despite several reports to the contrary. According to sources close to the situation, Chryst attended Wisconsin coaching staff meetings in Madison Friday morning and has not informed the staff he is leaving.

Riley was announced the new Oregon State coach in a press conference Thursday afternoon. As expected, he has offered his offensive coordinator position to Chryst, the same position he held in 1997-98, before joining Riley with the San Diego Chargers.

Riley and Chryst were both dismissed from San Diego after going 14-34 in three years, and Chryst eventually returned home to Wisconsin, following a one-year stint with the New Orleans Saints.

Chryst is the primary in-state recruiting contact for the Badgers, hired not only for his coaching credentials, but to help rejuvenate the program's efforts to patch up relationships with high school programs in the state.

That effort also included the hiring of Administrative Assistant Jeremy Sinz, who also returned to his home state to coordinate the Badgers' recruiting efforts. Sinz had spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Syracuse.

Much like Brian Murphy was moved from the Administrative Assistant/Recruiting Coordinator position to an opening as the Special Teams/Outside Linebackers Coach last spring, Sinz would be a prime candidate to replace Chryst if he leaves.

Like Chryst, Sinz' name and family history carries a lot of weight in the state of Wisconsin, and his season as the recruiting coordinator gives him extensive knowledge of the Badgers' efforts to recruit the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Chryst would be the second coach to leave the staff in two months, along with the departure of Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper, who was replaced by Ron Lee after a national search for a replacement.

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