The moment the unexpected news broke Tuesday that Bret Bielema was leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas, speculation over the Badgers' next coach quickly turned to one obvious candidate: Pitt's Paul Chryst.
Chryst grew up in Madison, was son of a Wisconsin high school and small-college coach, played quarterback at UW and most recently was a dynamic offensive coordinator for the program. He left last season for Pitt. Now, with one year of head-coaching experience, he was – at least for some Badger fans – a preferable head man to even Bielema, who merely led the program to three consecutive Big Ten championships.
Yet Chryst isn't a candidate for a reason that's both surprising and refreshing considering the cutthroat state of college football.
"I wouldn't feel right [about trying to hire him]," Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said Thursday morning.
Wouldn't feel right? How often does that get said – let alone thought – in college football these days?
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