INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03: A fan of the Wisconsin Badgers holds up a sign which reads "Go Badgers" against the Michigan State Spartans during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Matt Canada Replaces Paul Chryst As Wisconsin Offensive Coordinator

Wisconsin has named Northern Illinois' Matt Canada its new offensive coordinator.

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Matt Canada Officially Named Wisconsin Offensive Coordinator, Replacing Paul Chryst

Wisconsin has named Northern Illinois' Matt Canada its new offensive coordinator.

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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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Paul Chryst To Be Pitt's Next Coach, According To Pretty Much Everybody

It's been reported by Pittsburgh media that Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will likely become the next Pittsburgh Panthers head coach. And by this point, multiple national outlets and Milwaukee media alike have reported the deal is done and Chryst will be announced soon.

Pitt dropped FIU coach Mario Cristobal as a candidate on Wednesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and surely that wouldn't have anything to do with Cristobal losing an exhibition game the night before. Cristobal was the only other candidate remaining, so there we have it.

At this point, it seems, we're just waiting for Pitt to announce a press conference and put some fancy stuff on the front of their website, likely without surname puns some athletic department intern is storing away.

The Pitt job became available earlier in the month, when first-year head coach Todd Graham bolted for pretty much the same salary with the Arizona St. Sun Devils. The Panthers might have come out ahead -- you'd have a hard time rounding up college football fans who believe Graham is a better coach than Chryst, but we'll have to wait and see about all that.

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 Chryst Nearing Deal To Become Pitt Head Coach

The Pitt head coaching search may be nearing an end as Paul Chryst is reportedly near a deal to become the Panthers next head coach. Chryst and Mario Cristobal had emerged as the top candidates for the job left vacant when Todd Graham bolted for Arizona State last week, though it was unclear which was the front-runner.

According to Paul Zeise, Chryst is the guy (two tweets from an hour apart, edited together for clarity).

Again - all signs are pointing to Paul Chryst as next #Pitt coach. Not a "done deal." Unless there is a change or an agreement can't be finalized - I'm told Chryst is the guy. @Pitt

Chryst is currently the Wisconsin offensive coordinator, and is preparing for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. If a deal is completed soon, it's unknown whether Chryst would immediately head to Pitt, setting aside his offensive coordinator duties, or if he'd remain with the Badgers. The recruiting dead period began on Monday, so Chryst wouldn't be missing a ton, should he take the job and continue to work with Wisconsin through the bowl.

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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Pitt Coaching Search: Paul Chryst, Mario Cristobal The Leaders, According To Report

The Pittsburgh Panthers appear to be doing a reasonable job of whittling down their list of head coaching candidates, based on reports, anyway. It's down to FIU head coach Mario Cristobal and Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinaor Paul Chryst, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jerry DiPaola, which would mean Ohio St. Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has slipped a step behind.

Cristobal has said he doesn't want to comment until after his team's bowl game, but -- lo and behold! -- his team plays Tuesday night. If he's the guy, he could be announced within days as the next Pitt coach. DiPaola reports the Panthers hope to wrap up the search this week, which could coincide with Cristobal's timing.

Or Chryst! His team plays in the Rose Bowl, but since the recruiting dead period has arrived there would be little to stop him from seeing out the Badgers season before taking the job, if he ends up being the pick.

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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