Wisconsin's Paul Chryst Named Next Pitt Football Coach

Todd Graham leaves the Steel City after one year, and Pitt still might've come out ahead. Bill Connelly: What Pitt offers Paul Chryst to work with in 2012.

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Pitt Football Recruiting: Paul Chryst, A Steel City Fit

Paul Chryst has a chance to use Pittsburgh's football culture to his advantage.

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Pitt Announces Paul Chryst As New Football Coach, Replacing Todd Graham

Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has officially been announced as the next Pittsburgh Panthers head coach. He will be introduced at a 4 p.m. ET press conference at Pitt's practice facility. Pitt football fans seem pretty happy about all this.

According to Adam Hoge, Chryst has been in Pittsburgh for a while already Thursday, while Bob Lichtenfels reports Pitt players were told of the hire shortly ago. From a statement, here's Chryst on his new gig:

"My family and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the University of Pittsburgh," Chryst said. "Pitt and Pittsburgh are absolutely the right fit for us, and we're looking forward to getting immersed in our new hometown. We are committed to building a program on and off the field that will make people proud. The bar is set high in the `City of Champions' and that is incredibly exciting and inspiring. I can't wait to meet our players and get to work."    

Chryst has never been a head coach, but has been his team's offensive coordinator at six different stops. His Badgers attack has helped Wisconsin reach two straight Rose Bowls.

Athletic director Steve Pederson congratulated Chryst, who takes over for Todd Graham, a man in a hurry with a wide world to see:

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Coach Chryst and his family to Pittsburgh," Pederson said. "His remarkable success at Wisconsin is well documented in the form of Big Ten championships and All-America performances. But beyond his achievements on the football field, we believed it was important to find a leader who gets the very best from his players while also developing the kind of culture that fits the University of Pittsburgh. Paul Chryst is that leader and we are anxious for our players and fans to get to know him in the coming days and years." 

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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No Cristobal for Pitt

Over the weekend, both the Pittsburgh Panthers and FIU coach Mario Cristobal denied or sidestepped chatter that they're doing business together. Cristobal has reportedly interviewed with Pitt as the Panthers seek Todd Graham's replacement*, but would prefer to leave it at that for the time being:

Greg Auman@gregauman FIU's Mario Cristobal on Pitt rumors: "All I'm really doing is my job as head football coach at FIU and getting ready for this bowl game."

Pitt, meanwhile, blames a very specific kind of report for all the trouble and confusion:

Contrary to Internet reports, the Pitt football head coaching position has not been offered to anyone, nor have any decisions on an offer been made. The search is still an ongoing process.

You never see programs specifically call out NEWSPAPER REPORTS, but that's just life.

* Seeking Todd Graham's replacement is something all of us have to go through at some point in life.

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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Chryst, Cristobal interview with Pitt

Add the name of FIU's Mario Cristobal to a lengthy list of reported candidates for the Pittsburgh Panthers job, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He reportedly interviewed Friday, joining Ohio St. Buckeyes interim head coach (I guess that's what we're still calling him?) Luke Fickell and Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.

Chryst interviewed for the Pitt job last January, but withdrew once it became apparent the Panthers were dialed in on Todd Graham. Similar story as Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who's also said he's interested in the job this time around.

Cristobal has taken Florida International to two straight bowl games, the only such games in the program's brief history. A brief stint with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights was his only apparent experience outside of Florida, save his pro playing career.

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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Paul Rhoads Gets 10-Year Iowa State Contract Extension, Ending Pitt Rumors

As quick as the rumors started, they're now over: Iowa St. Cyclones coach has landed a new, decade-long contract extension, nixing chances of him taking over the Pittsburgh Panthers any time soon. Rhoads had been named the top candidate for the Pitt job by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cyclone Football@CycloneFB Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads has signed a 10-year contract. This was announced by Cyclone AD Jamie Pollard Friday.    

He very well may have been, giving ISU plenty of reason to lock him up. He's highly respected as a motivator and as a fearless big-game coach, having knocked off No. 2 Oklahoma State this year and Nebraska in 2009, nearly tripping up others along the way. The Clones have made two bowl bids in his five years, narrowly missing a third -- he's the second coach since 1978 to take Iowa State bowling. 

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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Todd Graham To Leave Pitt, Become Arizona State's Head Coach, According To Report

Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham is leaving the Steel City after one year to take the same position at ASU.

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