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Paul Chryst Passed Over for Power 4 Head Coaching Vacancy

Former Wisconsin football head coach Paul Chryst did not get the last remaining Power Four head coaching gig.



Former Wisconsin football head coach Paul Chryst
Oct 21, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Former Wisconsin football head coach Paul Chryst has been a popular name in the coaching carousel since the offseason began. 

Chryst interviewed for a handful of head coaching jobs, including Northwestern (which he turned down), Indiana, and Oregon State, but those never went anywhere.

Chryst was also linked to the Boston College head coaching job, which opened after former HC Jeff Hafley took on the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator role. Boston College completed two rounds of in-person interviews with multiple candidates this past week, Chryst being one of them, but the Eagles elected to go in a different direction.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported on Friday that Ohio State offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien would be Boston College’s next head coach. 

Paul Chryst Passed Over for Boston College Head Coaching Job

Former Wisconsin Football head coach Paul Chryst

Oct 26, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Chryst is currently serving as an analyst and special assistant on Steve Sarkisian’s staff with the Texas Longhorns.

It’s worth noting that Chryst was floated as a potential candidate for the Ohio State offensive coordinator role if O’Brien were to move on from the program, but former UCLA head coach Chip Kelly is expected to take on that role.

During his time with the Wisconsin football program, Chryst logged a 67-26 overall record and a 43-18 record in Big Ten play. UW eclipsed the double-digit win mark nine times in his 12 total seasons on the Badgers staff as a head coach and offensive coordinator. He was also named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, winning the West division on three occasions. 

With the Boston College vacancy being filled, no more Power Four head coaching opportunities are available. It looks as though the Madison native will remain in Austin for the 2024 season.

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