Reports surfaced last night, saying Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has decided on former Badger coach Paul Chryst as Gary Andersen’s replacement in Madison.
Today, Alvarez issued a statement saying, “We are continuing the process of finding our new head football coach. We have not offered the position to anyone. In accordance with University of Wisconsin hiring policies, the earliest we could make an offer to a candidate is Wednesday, Dec. 17. Any accepted offer would be contingent upon approval by the UW System Board of Regents.”
That statement was expected, but it doesn’t change anything. Chryst appears to be the choice as Wisconsin’s next coach, but nothing can be made official until the application deadline passes.
Alvarez indicated during a press conference on Wednesday that he wanted to have Andersen’s replacement in the fold before the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl game in Tampa between Wisconsin and Auburn. Alvarez is stepping up to coach the Badgers in that game.