Paul Chryst An Illinois Football Coaching Candidate, According To Report

Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has been one of the nation's most intriguing assistants for a couple years now. Any real or presumed Midwestern coaching vacancy is sure to include his name on candidate lists. But here we have an actual report: according to the Journal-Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus, Chryst is one of the Illinois Fighting Illini's top targets to replace Ron Zook.

Potrykus reports a meeting should happen soon and provides essential plane-tracking details.

Chryst has captained the Wisconsin offense since 2005, previously coaching at Oregon State. He played his college ball in Madison as well. His 2005 team set school scoring records, and that was just the start.

He's ranked in the top five nationally in scoring for both of the past two years -- and one of those doesn't include Russell Wilson. It's not often a power running offense can score in bundles, but Chryst's teams have done just that.

For more on the Fighting Illini, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange.

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