Former Badgers head coach Paul Chryst makes return to Wisconsin

Former Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst was spotted at the Green Bay Packers‘ organized team activities on Tuesday.

It is his first public football-related appearance in the state of Wisconsin since he was fired as Badgers head coach in October 2022.

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The Packers’ optional offseason practice session runs from May 20 to June 6 before mandatory minicamp begins on June 11. Chryst appears to be in attendance only as a spectator as he prepares for his second season on the Texas Longhorns‘ coaching staff.

The longtime Wisconsin head coach holds the title offensive analyst and special assistant to the head coach with the Longhorns. He joined the program in 2023 after being fired as Wisconsin head coach the prior season.

During Chryst’s first year at Texas, the team won the Big 12 and reached the College Football Playoff. Expectations are sky-high entering 2024, which will be Year 4 under head coach Steve Sarkisian and Year 3 with star quarterback Quinn Ewers under center.

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There were offseason rumors connecting Chryst with Iowa’s vacant offensive coordinator position. He passed on the position and remain at Texas, which led the Hawkeyes to hire former Western Michigan head coach (2017-2022) and Packers senior analyst (2023) Tim Lester.

Of note, Chryst is a Madison, Wisconsin, native and still has deep ties to the state. His appearance at Packers OTAs marks his first football-related appearance in the state in some time. There has not been a public connection between him and the Badgers program since he was fired 18 months ago.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, prepares for Year 2 under head coach Luke Fickell after a 7-6 2023 campaign. The program needs a resurgent season as the Big Ten enters its new era.

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