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Paul Chryst to Tra'von Chapman: I'm 'here to stay'

Paul Chryst reportedly spoke with four-star quarterback recruit Tra'von Chapman to say that he would be coaching Pitt next year, and not taking the head coaching job at Wisconsin.

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Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst insisted to his biggest recruiting get that he would be coaching the Panthers next season, and not taking the vacant Wisconsin coaching job as many have speculated, according to a report by Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune-Review.

After holding a team-wide meeting to indicate that he had not yet been contacted by Wisconsin, Chryst reached out to Tra'von Chapman, a four-star quarterback recruit from Teddy Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, calling the high school senior to tell him that he plans on coaching Pitt next year.

"I asked him if he would be my coach, and he said he would," said Chapman... "He said he would shoot me straight. He decided he’s here (at Pitt) to stay."

Chapman is set to enroll early at Pitt next month.

Chryst had been the offensive coordinator for Bret Bielema at Wisconsin for seven years before taking the job at Pittsburgh this past offseason. He has a $6 million buyout on his contract, but has been speculated to be Wisconsin's No. 1 target as they search for a replacement for Bielema, who left the school Tuesday to become the head coach at Arkansas.

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