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Articles tagged: Paul Chryst

Details on Paul Chryst’s buyout from Wisconsin revealed

Paul Chryst was fired by Wisconsin on Sunday, a day after his Badgers lost badly at home to Illinois 34-10. Chryst’s firing comes less than a year after he received a 5-year contract extension in January.

Chryst’s buyout was supposed to be $19.5 million. According to The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna, Chryst agreed to a reduced buyout of $11 million.

Though that’s only 56 percent of his full buyout amount, it’s still quite a hefty sum.

Chryst’s Badgers played well below expectations this season. They lost at home to Washington State 17-14 in their second game. They got blitzed badly by Ohio State in their fourth game. And then they got embarrassed at home by Illinois on Saturday to drop to 2-3.

Chryst was in his eighth season at Wisconsin after three years at Pitt. He was 67-26 as the school’s head football coach, including a 6-1 record in bowl games.

Wisconsin RB sends strong message about Paul Chryst firing

Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen sent a strong message on Sunday regarding the Paul Chryst firing.

Wisconsin fired Chryst a day after the Badgers lost at home to Illinois 34-10. Allen is the team’s star running back and had just 8 yards on 2 carries in the defeat.

“Anyone who wanted Coach Chryst gone isn’t a part of this team,” Allen wrote on Twitter hours after the news of the firing came out.

That is a pretty strong message of support for the fired head coach.

Allen, a sophomore, has 499 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Now he will be performing under interim head coach Jim Leonhard.

The message from Allen shows just how much the players seemed to like Chryst and believe in him. And why wouldn’t they? Chryst was 67-26 in his time at Wisconsin and 6-1 in bowl games. The Badgers played in the Rose Bowl under him as recently as 2019. Sure, they couldn’t rise to the level of being a CFP team, they did a lot of winning under Chryst.

Paul Chryst fired as Wisconsin head coach

The Wisconsin Badgers have made a major coaching change after a disappointing start to the 2022 season.

The Badgers fired head coach Paul Chryst on Sunday, according to multiple reports. Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard will take over as the interim head coach.

The Badgers will owe Chryst $16.4 million if he is fired without cause, making this a very costly firing on Wisconsin’s part.

Chryst had been the coach at Wisconsin since 2015, and few would have put him on the hot seat prior to the season. He posted a 67-26 record at the school, but a 2-3 start to the 2022 season simply was not acceptable from the school’s point of view.

The Wisconsin job should attract some high-profile names, depending on how the school handles the search. Leonhard, who has been linked to high-profile NFL jobs, could be a candidate to get the gig full-time as well.

Paul Chryst appears to throw shade at Turnover Chain

Paul Chryst isn’t exactly known for his outward displays of emotion, but he did something of note towards the end of the Orange Bowl on Saturday night.

As his Wisconsin Badgers were closing out their win over the Miami Hurricanes, Chryst appeared to shade the “Turnover Chain” with some choice words he muttered to himself.

It sure looked like he said, “Turnover Chain my f—– a–.”

Not only did Chryst throw some shade at the chain, but Wisconsin was also seen mocking it after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

Such is the duality of the Turnover Chain. It becomes something for players and fans to rally around, but it also fuels opponents’ desire to beat you.

Ultimately, it was turnovers by Miami that did in the Hurricanes. Quarterback Malik Rosier threw three interceptions compared to just one touchdown.

15 college football coaches outperforming their 2017 salaries

Sometimes, schools are fortunate enough to hire the perfect coach for their program — a figure who can take them to new heights and make them among the most successful in the nation. If they’re really lucky, they can get the coach to sign a pretty good deal — turning them into a national power for below market value.

Here is a list of 15 college football coaches who have earned their salary — and then some — in 2017.

Scott Frost, UCF ($2 million)

Frankly, it’s only a matter of time before Frost gets his big payday. For now, he’ll have to take solace in the fact that he has UCF unbeaten and climbing into the top 15. The quality of their opposition has been limited, but the Knights have handed Memphis the only loss they’ve suffered all season. An unbeaten campaign for the Knights is well within their each. No wonder at least one power conference team — and probably more — are eyeing up Frost for a bigger job.

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ($1.6 million)

There were rumors that Kelly’s job wasn’t secure at this time a year ago, but those have certainly subsided. Notre Dame’s blowout loss to Miami hurt, and it more or less ended their College Football Playoff hopes, but the fact that those hopes existed in the first place is a credit to Kelly. The Irish are still in the top ten, and deservedly so. Kelly comes he’s surprisingly cheap for the Irish, working at a comparatively paltry $1.6 million compared to his big-name counterparts, though it’s uncertain if he earns additional money from other endorsement-type deals.


Paul Chryst reportedly set to become next Wisconsin coach

It looks like Wisconsin already has its replacement for Gary Andersen.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Paul Chryst is set to become the next head coach of the Badgers’ football team. They say Chryst is “poised to return to his alma mater.”

Chryst, 49, is completing his third season as the head coach at Pitt. He 6-7 in his first year, 7-6 after that, and his Panthers are 6-6 and headed to the Armed Forces Bowl.

Chryst is from Madison, played at Wisconsin, and has had two stints as an assistant at Wisconsin. From 2005-2011, he served as the program’s offensive coordinator and helped them achieve tremendous success.