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Wisconsin A.D. says he won't hire Paul Chryst

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez does not intend to hire Paul Chryst away from Pittsburgh.


Wisconsin Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez told reporters on Thursday that he will not attempt to hire Paul Chryst away from the Pitt Panthers.

Chryst told quarterback recruit Tra'von Champan that he planned on staying at Pittsburgh, so Alvarez's press conference confirms the earlier report.

Wisconsin needs a new head coach after Bret Bielema left the Badgers to become the head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Chryst seemed like a natural fit, since he is a Madison native, played quarterback at Wisconsin and served as the team's offensive coordinator from 2005-2011.

Alvarez told the media that it would not be right for Chyst to leave the Panthers after one season on the job. The athletic director also helped Chryst get the Pittsburgh job in the first place, making it inappropriate to lure him back.

Chryst went 6-6 in his first season as Pitt's head coach. The Panthers will play the Mississippi Rebels in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5, their third straight appearance in the bowl game.

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