Paul Chryst Reportedly Hired as Pitt's Next Head Coach

Dominic ErricoCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2011

Paul Chryst is set to take over the reigns of the football program at the University of Pittsburgh.  Chryst will come to Pittsburgh after serving as the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin since 2005. 

This season saw the Badgers put up huge numbers on offense.  They finished the regular season ranked fourth in scoring at 44.6 PPG, and boasted the 10th ranked rushing attack in the game at 237.4 yards per game.  Their overall success helped the team capture the Big Ten championship and earn a spot against Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

Prior to Wisconsin, Chryst also served as offensive coordinator at Oregon State in 2003 and 2004.  The Beavers became the first team in NCAA Division I (FBS) history with a 4,000-yard passer, 1,500-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.

I know a lot of people in my Twitter feed kept mentioning Mario Cristobal, head coach at Florida International, as the front-runner for the job, but I had my doubts as to whether he would look at the Pitt job as a long-term commitment.  He seemed to want to stay in the South so I feel Pitt made the best hire for the long term by getting Chryst.

Be on the lookout for a lot of "Chryst" puns from Pitt fans especially seeing as we are approaching Chrystmas, err Christmas.  Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Unlike "Mr. High Octane" Todd Graham, Chryst should legitimately bring a strong offensive system to Pitt.  We probably won't have to hear him tell us how great of a coach he is either.  That should help endear him to the Pitt faithful.

Chryst interviewed for the position during last season's coaching search, so it's nice to see him finally land a job he clearly wanted. 

Hopefully for Pitt fans, this is the last coaching search they will have to deal with for a while.  The program needs to rebuild its position amongst the top football programs in the country and the hire today is a strong step towards that goal. 

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