Dienhart: Who will replace UW's Chryst?

Wisconsin suffered a big blow with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst taking the Pitt job. In eight seasons at Wisconsin, Chryst built some of the nation’s top offenses while at Wisconsin, helping lead the Badgers to consecutive Rose Bowl appearances the past two seasons.

His Wisconsin offense is averaging 44.6 points and 466.9 yards per game entering the Rose Bowl with Oregon on Jan. 2 for a program that has gone 60-18 the past six seasons. Over the past three seasons, the Badgers have the Big Ten’s best record (32-7). And Chryst’s offense has averaged 39.3 points during that span.

Paul Chryst


Chryst had come close to landing jobs in recent years, interviewing at Pitt last year. He also interviewed at Purdue and Oregon State when those jobs came open. He also almost was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as quarterbacks coach.

It isn’t known who Bielema will hire to replace Chryst, but he could promote from within. Run-game coordinator/offensive line coach Bob Bostad, running backs coach Thomas Hammock and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph may be considered.

This is the second year in a row Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has lost a coordinator, as defensive coordinator Dave Doeren took the Northern Illinois job after last season.

Tom Dienhart is a senior writer for BTN.com. Find all of his work at www.btn.com/tomdienhart, follow Dienhart on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart, send a question to his weekly mailbag here, and click here to subscribe to his RSS feed.

Find out more about:


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (No Comments)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Have a question for BTN Customer Service? Please e-mail us here