Sunday evening marked the end of Paul Chryst’s tenure as Wisconsin’s head coach. The Badgers announced the move and held a press conference on Big Ten Network to answer questions surrounding the decision.
Just as the news broke, Wisconsin media, players past and present, and outsiders reacted on Twitter and other social media platforms. The most notable reaction? Star running back Braelon Allen, who had some choice words for fans that turned on former head coach Paul Chryst.
It was an emotional press conference, and one that stemmed from an emotional locker room being told the news.
Here is a look at what Badger media, players, and others had to say about Paul Chryst’s firing:
Star running back Braelon Allen:
Anyone who wanted Coach Chryst gone isn’t a part of this team.
— Braelon Allen (@BraelonAllen) October 3, 2022
Former Wisconsin FB Alec Ingold:
— Alec Ingold (@AI_XLV) October 3, 2022
Former Badgers wide receiver Kendric Pryor:
— Kendric Pryor (@_KPryor3) October 2, 2022
Putting Chryst's tenure into perspective:
Paul Chryst is a Madison native and Wisconsin alum. He has spent 33 of his 56 years of life in town as either a kid, a Badgers QB or a UW coach.
He was 67-26 and 43-18 in the Big Ten. He won three B1G West titles and two NY6 bowls. He was a two-time B1G coach of the year.
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 2, 2022
It was a coincidence, but still...
Can’t make this up: Jump Around plays at Lambeau Field as Wisconsin reportedly fires Paul Chryst. pic.twitter.com/4lqvW3ozpl
— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) October 2, 2022
Wisconsin's Chancellor chimes in:
I want to express my appreciation to Paul Chryst for his 7+ years as head coach of the UW football team.
Paul always represented UW with the utmost professionalism and class. I wish him all the best in his future.
— Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin (@uwchancellor) October 3, 2022
Nebraska remembers their own surprising firing...
Paul Chryst Records at Wisconsin:
LOL who fires a coach that wins at least 9 games every year
— HuskGuys (@HuskGuys) October 2, 2022
An emotional day in Madison:
Was just told that Paul Chryst was allowed to tell the #Badgers players tonight he was out. Can't imagine the emotion in that room.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 2, 2022
AD Chris McIntosh said Chryst agreed to a much smaller number than this:
Per Paul Chryst’s contract, the school owes him more than $16.4 million if he’s fired without cause. Terms of separation could apply. But that’s the contract.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 2, 2022
An important tenure in Wisconsin football history:
It’s important to remember how important Paul Chryst has been to Wisconsin football.
OC during Bret’s years and a man who turned the #Badgers around after Gary Anderson.
Today sucks, probably necessary, but still sucks.
— Jim Rutledge (@JimRutledge) October 3, 2022
Leonhard on Chryst's impact:
Jim Leonhard striking right chord. Talks about how Paul Chryst gave him a job with no coaching experience. Raves about Paul. Acknowledges, however, this is a dream for him.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 3, 2022
What a day indeed:
— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) October 2, 2022
McIntosh's opening statement:
"I had to make an incredibly difficult decision today."
Watch Chris McIntosh's opening statement on replacing Paul Chryst ⤵️.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 3, 2022
A tough ending:
Paul Chryst finishes one win behind Bret Bielema on #Badgers all-time coaching victories list. He beats Bielema yesterday he’s probably still around.
— Dave Heller (@dave_heller) October 2, 2022
Hopefully the future for Wisconsin doesn't reflect Nebraska's
Ready for a wild stat?
Bo Pelini's record at Nebraska (2008-14): 66-27
Paul Chryst's record at Wisconsin (2015-22): 67-26
— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) October 2, 2022