December 17, 2014

Report: Chryst in Madison, set to be named Badgers coach Wednesday night

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that University of Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst is in Madison and is expected to be named the next head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday evening.

UW officials can’t officially announce the hiring of a new coach until after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, which marks the end of the application period for the head coach position.  A news conference has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The newspaper says a source close to the UW program confirmed Chryst is set to meet with UW officials tonight and a team meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Chryst was born in Madison.  He played for the Badgers and then later served as a tight ends coach and offensive coordinator before taking the head coaching position in Pittsburgh where he’s spent the last three seasons.

Gordon named first-team AP All-America

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was named to the A.P. All-American team today.  Gordon is one of fourteen Big Ten players to make the three teams.

Gordon won the Doak Walker award as the nation’s top running back and finished runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting, behind Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Three other Big Ten Conference players made the first team.  On offense, Gordon is joined by RB Tevin Coleman of Indiana and OT Brandon Sherff of Iowa.

On defense, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa was named to the AP first team.

Gordon named Doak Walker award winner

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin Badger running back Melvin Gordon was named winner of the Doak Walker Award as college football’s most outstanding running back during the Home Depot College Football Awards on the Boardwalk at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thursday night.

Gordon was also named to the Walter Camp All-America Team, where he joined Indiana’s Tevin Coleman as a first-team running back.

Gordon became the third Wisconsin back to win the Doak Walker award, joining Ron Dayne in 1999 and Montee Ball in 2012.

Gordon rushed for 2,336 yards and 29 touchdowns.  He needs one touchdown to join Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders and UCF’s Kevin Smith as the only players to rush for 2,000 yards and score 30 TDs in a season.

Gordon became the fastest player to reach 2,000 yards in a season by hitting the threshold on his 241st carry of the season.

Gordon now heads to New York City where he’ll join Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama WR Amari Cooper for the presentation of the 80th Heisman Trophy.


Report: Chryst poised to return to Wisconsin as head coach

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

According to a report by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel beat writer Jeff Potrykus, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez  has put in motion, Paul Chryst’s return to Madison to replace Gary Andersen as Wisconsin’s new head football coach.

The story cited a source close to the UW program as saying Chryst is poised to return to his alma mater.

The 49-year-old Chryst is a native of Madison and played at Wisconsin from 1986-’88.  He went on to coach tightends in 2002, then later served under Bret Bielema as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator.  He is in his third season at Pittsburgh where he has an overall record of 19-19.

Barry Alvarez had said he wanted to have a replacement on board by January 1st.

There is a job posting period that will have to run its course before the school can make any hire official, but it would appear that Barry Alvarez’ search started and ended with Paul Chryst.

Alvarez to coach Badgers in Outback Bowl

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez will return to the sidelines one more time.  The University of Wisconsin Athletic Director announced today that he will assume head coaching duties for the Wisconsin football team as it prepares for its Outback Bowl matchup with Auburn on New Years Day in Tampa, Florida.

Gary Andersen announced yesterday that he is stepping down and taking the head coaching job at Oregon State.

This is the second time Alvarez has returned to coach the Badgers.  He also coached UW in the 2013 Rose Bowl when the Badgers fell to Stanford 20-14.

The last time Wisconsin and Auburn met was the 2006 Capital One Bowl, Alvarez’s final game on the sidelines after announcing his retirement from coaching.  The Badgers were 10-point underdogs on that day but defeated Auburn 24-10.

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez on coaching the team in the Outback Bowl :09