PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is expected to be named Pitt’s next head football coach, according to several reports.
Chryst had been seen as the university’s second choice to Florida International coach Mario Cristobal over the past few days. However, as Wednesday wore on more and more reports pointed to Chryst as possibly being the Panthers next head coach.
Now it looks like Pitt plans to announce Chryst as head coach by the end of the week.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise writes that, assuming both sides reach an agreement on a contract, Chryst and Pitt will make the offer official in the next day or two.
Chryst has been very interested in the job and interviewed with Pitt late last week. He interviewed for the job once before after former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt was fired but reportedly didn’t have a very good interview and fell out of that race.
This time around, though, all reports say Chryst had a very good interview. Apparently boosters and alumni are a bigger fan of Chryst than Cristobal because they see more stability in him as the football program’s leader.
Cristobal is a Miami native and many believe he desires a head coaching job in the state of Florida. After what happened with former Pitt coach Todd Graham, who left Pitt after less than a year, it’s clear all involved with the university are set on preventing such a situation from happening again.
Still, nothing has yet been made official. Stick by Area 4-1-Zoo, 937thefan.com and KDKA.com for the latest updates.
Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog