Wisconsin says Chryst will remain Pitt's football coach
December 7, 2012 2:45 AM
By Sam Werner Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
At a press conference to discuss his school's head coaching vacancy Thursday, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez indicated that Pitt coach Paul Chryst would not be a candidate for the Badgers job.
"I wouldn't think it would be right for him to leave after one year. I wouldn't feel right, and I don't think it would be appropriate for me to hire him back after I asked someone to do me a favor and help him get that job," Alvarez said. "So Paul's going to stay at Pitt."
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Chryst was considered a front-runner for the job because Wisconsin is his alma mater and he coached at the school in 2002 and from 2005-11. When Bret Bielema left the Badgers for Arkansas Tuesday, Chryst's name immediately surfaced as a candidate.
Tuesday night, Chryst released a statement saying he was "committed to the Pitt football program and the University of Pittsburgh." Pitt fans, though, were still concerned, especially after being burned by Todd Graham bolting for Arizona State after one season last year.
Chryst, though, will honor his commitment to the Panthers, Alvarez said.
"I asked some very good friends of mine to help Paul get that job," Alvarez said. "I think Paul has already come out and said that he's committed to Pitt. I think he should be committed to Pitt."
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