What to Worry About
The Paul Hackett Type: There's no doubt that Paul Chryst has a great offensive mind. But so did Paul Hackett supposedly. Great offensive minds, not great recruiters, and they even have the same first names. Okay, the last point doesn't matter but there is a real concern that he's a Triple A home run king who becomes a pinch hitter in the major leagues.
Not a recruiter: Straight from many people at Wisconsin I've talked to, Chryst does not like to recruit and therefore he's not that great at it when he has to. Could he change? Possibly. But the head coach has to be the closer and without desire or charisma, that could be a big problem.
Lack of buzz: You might hear "solid hire" a lot nationally if Chryst is the pick, but it's doubtful that there will be a lot of buzz nationally, and it when it comes to recruiting are there many prospects who are going to be excited to see him walk through his front door? Probably not, to be honest.
Style: He does a great job of changing his offense to fit his personnel, but for the most part at Wisconsin it was a pro style offense with big, strong backs and huge, strong offensive linemen. Would that work at Pitt who doesn't have the same access to such players? Or will Chryst change it somewhat?
What Not to Worry About
Offense: He is a great offensive mind and even if he can't run it exactly like he did at Wisconsin, he should be able to put up some pretty good offenses at Pitt.
Class: Like Cristobal, he should not be a problem with his ethics or class. Nobody has anything bad to say about him.
Location and loyalty: Madison and Pittsburgh aren't that much different as far as weather goes, and it seems to be pretty similar as far as the social aspects. For that reason, you would think he would be very comfortable at Pittsburgh. And after failing to get the jobs at Minnesota, Illinois, and Kansas, he may be so grateful to the Panthers that he may stay if he turns the program into a power.