Thursday, December 6, 2012

Chryst to stay at Pitt

As I predicted, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez will not pursue Paul Chryst to be the next head coach for the Badgers because he called in favors at Pitt to get Chryst hired as the Panthers coach.  There is some morality left in college football.

29 comments:

  1. What do you expect from a Burgettstown Pennsylvania native!

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  2. This is prime recruting time, can PC seal the deal on some of these last few recruits. I've been reading Rudolph, House, and Engram are some big time recruiters even some good words about Robinson.

    Have not heard a word about Breckterfield or even Haering. I wouldnt expect much from Hueber or Huxtable either on the recruiting front. Seem like old school coaches who dont want to do it.

    Chris, what have you been hearing about the recruiting efforts.

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  3. Thanks for the update Chris=Great news for Pitt.
    My only thought was why Chryst did not come right out Tuesday night and put all of us at ease and say "I am staying at Pitt" rather than say I am "commited" to Pitt. Do you think he really was thinking that he would return to Wisconsin and do you think he and Alvarez spoke about the possiblity of returning to Wisconsin?
    Had to be some soul searching going on at the Chryst dinner table the last few nights!

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    1. Ummm, because if Wisconsin had offered, then he would have at least had to consider it? It's home. It's his alma matter. He has played and coached there. And it's a near-premier program that only really has to compete with OSU for the division title until Penn State can compete again. I'm sure he wanted to leave the door open, if just a crack.

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    2. What do you think "committed" means? Alvarez has known for over two weeks that Bielema was leaving, he couldn't interview for the Arkansas job without permission from Alvarez in the first place. If PC was his choice to replace Bielema, he'd already be gone.

      I know it seems strange to hear anymore, but commitment does actually mean something to some people. Unfortunately with today's media trying to create stories instead of reporting what is actually happening, good people get painted with the same brush as those with no ethical standards. Alvarez made that statement to get people of of his back as much as get PC off the hook here.

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  4. Great news! Here is ESPN's take

    http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/67397/wisconsin-wont-pursue-chryst-as-coach

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  5. Chris-Great news for Pitt
    Had to be some soul searching at the Chrsyt dinner table the last few nights regarding returning to Wisconsin. What is your opinion on what happened behind the scenes? Do you think Chryst should have come out Tuesday night with a much firmer statement stating he would not leave Pitt if Wisconsin came a calling rather than using the words "being committed to Pitt". Or is that not being realistic in the world of college football coaches. Had all of us Pitt faithfal sleepless for a few days. Hats off to Barry Alvarez!

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  6. Betcha those same Pitt boosters called Alvarez and asked him to put out a statement, etc. to keep the Pitt program intact while Alvarez does his HC search.

    Also... Alvarez is a Pittsburgh guy... anyone else wouldn't think twice.

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  7. Everything we ever heard about Barry Alvarez is that he is a class act...we just witnessed more evidence of it!

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  8. I tried to tell everyone not to get into a panic. The two main players in this saga just had too much class to do something as vile as have a first year coach leave. Those two people are Chryst and Alvarez. They both are unique individuals in this age of modern college athletics.

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  9. Prediction: now naysayers will complain that Paul Chryst must not be a good coach after all, since a middle of the road program in the mediocre Big 10 like Wisconsin doesn’t want him back.

    The old saying goes, it’s good to have a coach that other schools want. Do we? I was one of the loudest & harshest critics when Pitt hired PC, primarily because of his lack of recruiting experience (if not his lack of recruiting abilities). However, if he lands Johnson (already verballed) and Foster and Boyd – even if most of the legwork was done by his assistants (as it should be…), then I guess that issue is settled.

    Upside: I was very impressed by his ability to have his team take #1 Notre Dame to the wire (IMO, Pitt did beat ND, they just didn’t beat ND & the refs working in league) and beat ranked VT and Rutgers. And PC’s was the first staff able to penetrate Donkey Sunseri’s skull enough to at least make him a serviceable mule (but still not a thorobred, which he’ll never be).

    Downside: Records of 6-6 won’t get it done for long. I was sickened by the decisive beat-down at home by Youngstown State, and disappointed in some of PC’s decision-making that (IMO) directly contributed to the losses to ‘Cuse, Louisville, UConn and ND. But making those kinds of better decisions can be learned.

    In summary, the pros definitely outweigh the cons: I’ve seen enough this first year to want to see more from PC. And I’m glad he’s staying.

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  10. Personally I hope Barry Alvarez and Wisconsin have nothing but success in the future for acting in such an ethical way.

    ... Unless they play Pitt. Then we need to crush them... with class and respect... but still crush them.

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  11. Corey Clement playing wait and see with Wisconsin.

    He would be smart to reconsider his decision to back out of Pitt.

    Pitt is the Perfect Fit!

    PittofDreams

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  12. Chryst's statement about being "committed to the Pitt Football Program" would not suffice as affirming his return unless of course you take Chryst to actually mean something else by the word "committed."

    Obviously committed to Chryst really means COMMITTED.

    That's Chryst.

    PittofDreams

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  13. First, while I thought it best that Chryst stay at Pitt, I wouldn't have blamed him if Wisconsin had offered and he accepted. It's not often that an opportunity to coach a high-level program where you're from arises.

    Second, having said that, I'm glad Barry Alvarez showed the class he's known for. It's good to know integrity still exists, and it's not surprising he's a Western PA guy.

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  14. The future of Pitt Football...

    “I don’t perceive us as a spread ‘em out, fast-paced, no huddle, one back, five wide. I don’t see us doing that because that’s not the type of kid we can consistently recruit and we have to remember that.

    "You know what the plan is and it starts with those big palookas upfront.”

    Barry Alvarez – Wisconsin 12/6/12

    PittofDreams

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  15. Isn't kind of weird/arrogant to have the AD of another school announce that Pitt's coach is staying?

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  16. Chris,

    In addition to Paul Chryst coming back: do you think Pitt will replace any assistant coaches (i.e., guys who don't leave on their own)? Or in your opinion, will the whole crew be back? (which is highly unusual these days...).

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  17. It plays out as a brief feel good story. Two character guys stepping up. All will root for Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl and kudos to Paul Chryst, who appears to actually be wanted by the Pittsburgh fans. Hail to Pitt, hail to Pitt. Let's win in Birmingham, and on letter of intent day.

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  18. @cjh Unusual, yes. But given the circumstances surrounding Pitt football, what better way to put the rumours to bed? Chryst's statement yesterday wasn't being taken at face value by some/many. And given recent history the media would probably still speculate. But Alvarez has done Chryst and Pitt a huge service. This kills the speculation and helps avoid undermining PC's recruitment efforts.

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  19. You predicted Chryst wouldn't be the coach. You in no way predicted Alvarez wouldn't pursue him. Don't take credit for something you didn't say.

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    1. You may want to be on twitter, son. And while you're at it, stop being a little bitch who that is so obsessed with me that you follow me everywhere. Read it and weep. This is Dec. 4.

      https://twitter.com/ChrisDokish/status/276064132464263168

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    2. Here's another one for you.

      https://twitter.com/ChrisDokish/status/276119241613275136

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    3. You are the guy with foam finger.

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    4. hey Anon, get your facts straight before you post something. Chris clearly said he thought Chryst would be the coach next year. He wrote it on the blog entry regarding Chryst's statement about his commitment to Pitt.

      Hopefully you'll be a big enough person and say that you were wrong.

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    5. Chris, wash that mouth out with soap young man! Warn us first so we can throw on our eyemuffs. LOL

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  20. But if Barry decides to coach one season or two this story will dangle over Pitts program. That would be devastating to recruits. They know when Barry hangs it up, he will call Paul.

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  21. One thing that I haven't seen anyone mention, maybe I just missed it, but how fortunate we are that Graham left last year, whether or not you are a fan of Chryst. If Graham would have stayed this year and had a decent to good year, there is no way he would have stayed through all of the coaching vacancies this year.

    It gives me great joy to think that by leaving like he did, he might have potentially cost himself a gig at an auburn or Alabama or Tennessee.

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  22. You can't put a value on PC staying. You can argue he was only 6-6 and that is fair. I do think Pitt should have been 8-4 but that is pure shoulda, coulda, woulda. A play or a favorable bounce here or there would have seen a different end to this story, I am afraid.

    Be thankful for 6-6 while the head coach learns. 8-4 and my guess he would have gone. It is imperative that our absent through all of this AD extend the coach. Smiley could swallow his pride and put a larger buyout in exchange for a few more years. A college head coach should always have 5 years remaining on a contract in order to show recruits stability. Bill obrien has a 9 year deal and that was before he went 8-4. Figure it out gents. Program in turmoil, no stability and in need of a committed coach. Check!

    That gives him an opportunity to recruit at a very dark time. Pitt has been in a dark time with coaching changes and blown hires by Pederson. He should be taken to the shed out back for not being a visionary and politely shown the door. Look at the currently ranked top 15 programs and tell me how our AD compares to those resume's. Noone on this board would even interview Pederson once you look at the resumes.

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