December 22, 2011

Okay, in case there was any question that there might be a last minute change. Pitt has put out the press release announcing Chryst has been hired.


Here’s the link:

Paul Chryst Named New Head Football Coach at the University of Pittsburgh
Paul Chryst, the highly accomplished offensive coordinator of the Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin Badgers, has been named the new head football coach at Pitt.

Dec. 22, 2011

PITTSBURGH– Paul Chryst, the highly accomplished offensive coordinator of the Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin Badgers, has been named the new head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh by Athletic Director Steve Pederson. Chryst’s formal introduction will take place at a 3 p.m. press conference today at the Panthers’ practice facility.

The 46-year-old Chryst takes over at Pitt following an exceptional eight-year tenure at Wisconsin (2002, 2005-11) where he gained acclaim as one of college football’s finest offensive teachers and strategists. The Badgers have compiled a 60-18 record (.769) during his six seasons overseeing the offense, which annually ranks among the nation’s most prolific and efficient units.

In 2011, Chryst helped Wisconsin to an 11-2 record and its second consecutive Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth. The Badgers are averaging 44.6 points and 466.9 yards per game entering their Pasadena showdown with Oregon on January 2.

Over the past three seasons (2009-11), Wisconsin boasts the Big Ten’s best record (32-7, .821) while being fueled by an offense that has averaged 39.3 points per game during that span. Chryst, who also coaches quarterbacks, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Broyles Award, annually presented to college football’s top assistant, each of the past two seasons.

His 23-year coaching career includes 16 seasons on the collegiate level and seven years in the professional ranks.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Coach Chryst and his family to Pittsburgh,” Pederson said. “His remarkable success at Wisconsin is well documented in the form of Big Ten championships and All-America performances. But beyond his achievements on the football field, we believed it was important to find a leader who gets the very best from his players while also developing the kind of culture that fits the University of Pittsburgh. Paul Chryst is that leader and we are anxious for our players and fans to get to know him in the coming days and years.”

“My family and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the University of Pittsburgh,” Chryst said. “Pitt and Pittsburgh are absolutely the right fit for us, and we’re looking forward to getting immersed in our new hometown. We are committed to building a program on and off the field that will make people proud. The bar is set high in the `City of Champions’ and that is incredibly exciting and inspiring. I can’t wait to meet our players and get to work.”

Chryst’s 2011 Wisconsin offense features two of the country’s most explosive performers – running back Montee Ball and quarterback Russell Wilson. Ball, a first team All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist, leads the nation in total rushing yards (1,759) and scoring (38 touchdowns, 17.54 points/game). He is one touchdown shy of the NCAA record of 39 set by Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders in 1988. Ball has scored at least two touchdowns in every game this season, including four TDs in a 42-39 win over Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game.

Wilson, who transferred from N.C. State to Wisconsin for his final season of eligibility, is second nationally in pass efficiency with a staggering 191.60 rating (trailing only Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III’s 192.31 rating). Despite not arriving at Wisconsin until July, Wilson was seamlessly adapted into the Badgers’ offensive attack and has completed 73% of his passes for 2,879 yards with 31 touchdowns against only three interceptions. He was named the inaugural winner of the Big Ten’s “Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year” award.

The 2011 Badgers offense produced three first team All-Americans (Montee Ball, center Peter Konz and guard Kevin Zeitler). Since 2006, Wisconsin offensive players have earned nine first-team All-America citations. Three of Chryst’s offensive pupils have won national awards, including a pair of Outland Trophy winners (tackles Joe Thomas in 2006 and Gabe Carimi in 2010) and a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner (quarterback Scott Tolzien in 2010).

Wisconsin’s offense also enjoyed a record-setting year in 2010. The Badgers ranked fifth nationally in scoring at 41.5 points per game, demolishing the school record by more than a touchdown per contest. In Big Ten play, Wisconsin averaged 45.2 points in eight league games, the second-best average in Big Ten history. Prior to 2010, Wisconsin had not scored 70 points in a game since 1915. The Badgers did it in three different games during the `10 campaign.

Also in 2010, Wisconsin nearly became the first team in FBS history to have three different players rush for at least 1,000 yards in the same season (James White, 1,052 yards; John Clay, 1,012; Montee Ball, 996). The Badgers tied a Big Ten record with 48 rushing TDs. The potent rushing attack was balanced by a laser-accurate passing game as Scott Tolzien set the Big Ten single-season record for completion percentage (73.3% in eight league games) and finished sixth in the country in pass efficiency (165.92 rating).

The 11-2 Badgers finished the 2010 season ranked in the nation’s top 10 in scoring offense, pass efficiency, fewest turnovers lost, third-down conversions, fourth-down conversions, red zone offense, time of possession and fewest penalties per game.

Chryst was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon State during the 2003 and `04 seasons. The 2003 Beavers became the first team in NCAA Division I history to have a 4,000-yard passer, 1,500-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. Chryst’s Oregon State pupils included running back Ken Simonton, the school’s career rushing leader, quarterback Derek Anderson, who left as the Pac 10’s No. 2 career passing leader, and running back Steven Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler for the St. Louis Rams who has the NFL’s longest active streak with six consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Chryst initially came to Wisconsin in 2002 after a three-year stint in the NFL as tight ends coach with the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001.

Previously, Chryst held collegiate assistant coaching positions at Oregon State (1997-98), Illinois State (1995) and UW-Platteville (1993). He was also a graduate assistant under Don Nehlen at West Virginia (1989-90). Chryst’s other coaching posts in professional football included time with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders (1996) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1994), as well as the World League’s San Antonio Riders (1991-92).

Chryst was a three-year football letterman at Wisconsin, where he earned a degree in political science in 1988. He added a master’s degree in educational administration from West Virginia in 1990. Paul’s brother Rick was commissioner of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for 10 years. Another brother, Geep, is the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Paul’s late father George was a longtime head coach at UW-Platteville and a former Badger player and assistant coach.

Chryst and his wife Robin have two daughters, Katy (18) and JoJo (16), and one son, Danny (14).

Chryst’s Coaching Chronology:


West Virginia (1989-90), graduate assistant

UW-Platteville (1993), offensive coordinator & quarterbacks

Illinois State (1995), offensive coordinator & quarterbacks

Oregon State (1997-98), offensive coordinator & quarterbacks

Wisconsin (2002), tight ends

Oregon State (2003-04), offensive coordinator & quarterbacks

Wisconsin (2005), co-offensive coordinator & tight ends

Wisconsin (2006-present), offensive coordinator & quarterbacks


San Antonio Riders (1991-92), wide receivers, running backs, tight ends (World League of American Football)

Ottawa Rough Riders (1994), quarterbacks (Canadian Football League)

Saskatchewan Roughriders (1996), offensive coordinator & quarterbacks (Canadian Football League)

San Diego Chargers (1999-2001), tight ends (National Football League)

Chryst Career Bowl Games
1989 Gator (West Virginia)

2002 Alamo (Wisconsin)

2003 Las Vegas (Oregon State)

2004 Insight (Oregon State)

2006 Capital One (Wisconsin)

2007 Capital One (Wisconsin)

2008 Outback (Wisconsin)

2008 Champs Sports (Wisconsin)

2009 Champs Sports (Wisconsin)

2011 Rose (Wisconsin)

2012 Rose (Wisconsin)

Wisconsin First Team All-Americans on Offense under Chryst (since 2006)
Tackle Joe Thomas# (2006)

Tight End Travis Beckum (2007)

Guard Kraig Urbik (2008)

Tackle Gabe Carimi# (2010)

Tight End Lance Kendricks* (2010)

Guard John Moffitt (2010)

Running Back Montee Ball (2011)

Center Pete Konz (2011)

Guard Kevin Zeitler (2011)

* Consensus
# Unanimous

Wisconsin Major Award Winners on Offense under Chryst (since 2006)
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation’s top senior quarterback)
Quarterback Scott Tolzien (2010)

Outland Trophy (nation’s outstanding college lineman)
Tackle Joe Thomas (2006)
Tackle Gabe Carimi (2010)

Wisconsin Big Ten Award Winners on Offense under Chryst (since 2006)
Big Ten Player of the Year
Running Back John Clay (2009)

Big Ten Lineman of the Year
Tackle Gabe Carimi (2010)

Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
Running Back Montee Ball (2011)

Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year
Running Back Montee Ball (2011)

Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year
Quarterback Russell Wilson (2011)

Heres to the Chryst era !

Comment by Snala The Panther 12.22.11 @ 10:57 am

No WAIT! He has HOOPIE TIES! Rescind the offer NOW! :)

Comment by jw in Raleigh 12.22.11 @ 10:59 am

Can we get Geep here, for the name’s sake?

Comment by Dan 12.22.11 @ 11:10 am

I am pleased with the hire–great organizational skills, truly builds winning relationships, and wants to be a PITT man!

And I like the fact he will honor his commitment to coach in the Rose Bowl….now my problem is do I root for the hometown Ducks or for the Badger Offense to score a 100!

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 12.22.11 @ 11:11 am

I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer because I’m excited about the hire but the fall guy in this mess is the AD and he needs fired after things settle down. Coaches are hired, conference change is in motion…let’s thank Steve and then don’t let the door hit you in the ass.
It is clear he was only a part of this decision and not making it so maybe the hand writing is on the wall but it is time for a fresh start.

Comment by ArtJ 12.22.11 @ 11:12 am

There were some nice comments about Paul Chryst by Don Nehlen in the Trib.

“Pitt has done something really, really right.”

“When I was able to watch his teams play, he never panics, sticks to what he can do and is well-schemed. At a place like Pitt who has traditionally been able to recruit offensive linemen, he will do well.”

Comment by Justinian 12.22.11 @ 11:22 am

I still don’t understand why Saban or Miles weren’t at least called.

If some of the names mentioned for his staff end up coming with Chryst, that would be huge. I’d like to see Rudolph, in particular, to head recruiting efforts. Hopefully the money’s there to lure quality guys.

Comment by JW 12.22.11 @ 11:27 am

Boring hire… Just proves the program can only attract a middle of the road candidate. Wake me up in 5 years and we will be lucky to go .500 in ACC. Cristobal owns South Florida and unless you don’t pay attention to our roster 3/4’s of our team is from there. Not excited.

Comment by Mark Mehalovich 12.22.11 @ 11:29 am


Fine you don’t like the hire, but check your math.

Pitt has 11 players on the current roster from Florida — with 3 seniors.

Comment by Chas 12.22.11 @ 11:33 am

Well done PITT

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 11:36 am

Gives Pitt a chance to build a great program prior to joining the ACC – this is a wonderful hire and he’sll attract some studs!!!HTP!

Comment by markp 12.22.11 @ 11:39 am

Thrilled with this hire and think Pitt finally got it right. Anyone know if any other college has had 6 head coaches in one years? Includes assts. taking over as well as short hires.

Most of all, PEACE, to everyone on this site. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Comment by Dan 72 12.22.11 @ 11:42 am

while of course we won’t know if this is a ggood hire for a few years (and hopefully not 2 weeks or 11 months), I actually want to congratulate our AD and the committee for an efficient search where it took only 1 week since Graham’s resignation.

Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 11:49 am

Glad we got someone from a big time program. No more Miami(OH), Tulsa or even FIU. At some point being in a big time program that wins and keeps it clean can outweigh a young up-and-comer. I would have been happy with Cristobal but am equally satisfied with Chryst.

Comment by bdubb 12.22.11 @ 11:55 am

44 pts/game average in the Big 10 equals what, maybe 50/game in the Big East. That’s high enough octane for me!

Comment by 66Goat 12.22.11 @ 11:56 am

Welcome to Pitt Coach Chryst! I think you will be the guy to finally end my suffering. Anyone think that hiring an offensive guru will help retain the guys recruited to play offense? Hail to Pitt!

Comment by longsufferingpittfan 12.22.11 @ 11:56 am

Cautiously optimistic, particularly with the reports that this was not Pederson’s decision. Disappointed, though, that Pederson’s presser did not start with the words “As my last official act at Pitt, . . . .” And if Barry Alvarez thinks so highly of Pitt to push this guy, and we think so highly of him to listen – hey, Barry, we have a spot for you, too.

Not jumping on any bandwagon, however, unless the University truly sends a message that it will not tolerate incompetence in its athletic department any longer, and finds a new AD ASAP. After, of course, the present AD signs his 6th head coach in 12 months.

Comment by PO'd Panther 12.22.11 @ 12:01 pm

BTW – CBS sports channel this morning had him as “Todd” Chryst on their ticker. Hope that is not a “high octane” omen.

Comment by PO'd Panther 12.22.11 @ 12:07 pm

Dan 72 my god walk with you and yours merry x mas

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 12:13 pm

Cream always rises to the top…this time we got the cream. The days of goofy gimmicks to “inspire” our team our over. I firmly believe that Chryst will turn our program around….but, PLEASE let’s give him a few years to get back on the track to being a HIGH QUALITY

Comment by isnore 12.22.11 @ 12:13 pm

Actually while it is true PC has not been a head coach, he’s been a very very successful OC on two BCS programs and had great success and groomed great players at both of those places. At Oregon State he groomed their best QB in the last 20 years, Derek Anderson and their best RB probably EVER, in Steven Jackson.

And his tenure at Wisconsin speaks for itself, the Badgers have’t had this typed of sustained success,….. well ….forver.

Now comparing PC’s resume to the other two candidates, it’s not even close. The fact this is NOT the guy, Smiley wanted, is the first indication this was the right pick.

While nobody is assured to succeed in coaching, thank God that others stepped in and made sure PITT at least picked a man with tons of experience, a stable family, a family tree with lots of college football experience and a man who does more of the walk than the talk.

Welcome to Pittsburgh & PITT, Paul Chryst !

Veritas et Virtus

Hail to Pitt !

Comment by EMel 12.22.11 @ 12:28 pm

FWIW, former ND QB, Dane Crist, is transferring to Kansas to play for the guy who recuited him to ND … only makes sense. Pitt never had a chance no matter.

Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 12:28 pm

Regarding this “lack of personality” thing, I recall another coach in Pittsburgh, who had no previous HC experience, and had absolutely no personality.

Chuck Noll was his name.

Let’s just let Chryst be a football coach and give him a real chance before we, ahem, crucify him. He can hire some folks to do the dog-and-pony routine for recruits.

Comment by BATR 12.22.11 @ 12:30 pm

Know what, though?….I think the Chryst hire will help…Mark Myers? Bets that he’ll be our started next year, w/ Voytik red-shirting??

Comment by Navy_Panther 12.22.11 @ 12:33 pm

Most of all, PEACE, to everyone on this site. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Comment by Dan 72 12.22.11 @ 11:42 am

Same to you & yours Dan 72.

Happy Holidays and Merry Chrystmas !

Comment by EMel 12.22.11 @ 12:35 pm

Chuck Noll has a low key personality but he was a pro coach. He didn’t have to recruit. Recruiting is not something the HC in CFB can totally delegate to his assistants. He has to be the closer.

Comment by Houston Panther 12.22.11 @ 12:50 pm

Very interested to see how the QB derby plays out…guessing at least we should get an honest appraisal and relatively unbiased look at everyone. Probably good news for Meyers — and possibly Tino too — and don’t count Anderson out…I know he looked bad his last game but he had a bum throwing wrist. His first few games he showed me something, with athleticism and arm strength…hard to be chucked into a game for only 4-5 snaps after getting limited 1st team practice reps. I like our prospects next year and hope Graham’s rehab is going well…kid deserves some good luck.

Comment by Matt N. 12.22.11 @ 12:50 pm

I can’t imagine Anderson getting any time on this team without Fraud Graham’s system. He is too small and innaccurate.

Comment by BCPITT 12.22.11 @ 12:52 pm

Welcome Coach Chryst!!

Happy holidays to everyone! H2P!

We are much better off today at Pitt than last week! Vwry exciting!

Comment by JAM 05 Pitt 12.22.11 @ 12:55 pm

I am happy that we have hired a coach with a quality resume and great endorsements from many…I am excited to see how he uses the talent that we have. I just beg the Pitt Administration to not put his mug on our season tickets next year…They should probably wait a year or two for that move!

Comment by HbgFrank 12.22.11 @ 12:56 pm

i still got smoke blowing out my but from graham and his rhetoric from day one…about this time last year. Hopefully this guy calls it as he sees it and will be straight up with his expectations of this team. We have a good defense, and stable of running back. quality WR’s. He should be able to work with the current QB’s…and even give Myers a good look. If he can get our poor OL to function we may have a chance in the Last year of the Big Easy.

Comment by blaise 12.22.11 @ 12:57 pm

i love this hire! The only knock on this guy has been that he supposedly cant recruit. this isnt true, according to what ive read. its not that he CANT recruit, its that he DOESNT HAVE TO. im in high school and im familiar with a fellow junior whos wisconsins only commit for the 2013 class and i asked him what cryst was like qwhen we were talking about the pitt job. he said thatHe really gets along with the players well, but isnt a rah rah lets go type of guy. he handles his business and builds relationships with the players. thats what pitt needs.

by the way, id bet rushel shell is loving this hire right now. it appears that chad voytik is too, according to rivals

Comment by pk 12.22.11 @ 1:04 pm

I actually feel pretty bad for Anderson — came out from Texas and paid his way, solely because of Graham. Now the big Fraud bolts, and what happens to him? Clearly he doesn’t have a bright future with the program, yet he uprooted himself and sacrificed financially.

Comment by JW 12.22.11 @ 1:10 pm

Want to say Hi! to HC Chryst! Love to see his presser, then don’t want to hear a thing until spring. What I want to see are the tweets from the current and new players saying they met HCC and are excited and all aboard! Maybe want to hear about the staff, though. I, for one, am tired of HC BS, expectations and “Ain’t my fault”


But, I hope our life as Pitt Fans and Alumni will be a little more SETTLED!

Comment by CompLit 12.22.11 @ 1:12 pm

Ok i know this a little soon but the Question is
will chryst go recruit one or two more QB to go with voytik myers and tino or a jc QB or does he stand pat with what he has now.
i only count thoes 3 becuse the outher two dont have a real chance

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 1:18 pm

FRANK, My guess is he stays w/ the 3…from all accounts, Meyers is talented, just wasn’t right for Graham’s system. In a pro-style offense such as Chryst’s, I bet he’ll shine.

Comment by Navy_Panther 12.22.11 @ 2:02 pm

Voytik tweeted some nice comments about Pitt and the hire…looks like this recruiting class is really taking this Fraud Graham debacle amazingly well and sticking with their comittments so far.

Comment by BCPITT 12.22.11 @ 2:05 pm

@JW – I am pretty sure Anderson received a scholly from Graham by the time Fall came around. I think it will be a battle between Tino + Myers for the job next year, with Voytik taking a red shirt.

I bet RAY Graham + Rushell Shell are loving this hire….Look for the Pitt running game to be insanely potent next year.

Comment by BCPITT 12.22.11 @ 2:08 pm

well shell and chad like the pick.

Comment by Snala The Panther 12.22.11 @ 2:09 pm

Few thoughts…

1. Like many have pointed out Mark Meyers has to be jumping and happy with himself for not jumping ship. At least only for a chance, thats all you can hope for!
2. How does this impact Ray Graham to stay?? Montee Ball was huge this past year with Wisconsin.
3. J.P. Holtz may have to come to Pitt now.
4. We need some hogs!! Hopefully Chris Jacobson can get a 5th year of eligibility.
5. Who is goint to be co-ordinators? Big question here.
6.Nice in a way that he gets his feet wet in Big East before moving to ACC.
6.Recruiting?? Perhaps he brings with him from Wisconsin a guy that is a stud recruiter. Not sure who that is but maybe he does!!!

Comment by QuipScript 12.22.11 @ 2:10 pm

Does anyone know if the Chryst press conference is going to be broadcast on TV or streamed on the internet? I assume 93.7 The Fan will have it on the radio. Thanks.

Comment by Pitt Is It 12.22.11 @ 2:11 pm

Found this under the WVU blog on the post-gazette website today!!
“We’ll find out a lot more about the staff Graham is likely to put together but it seems like Todd Orlando from FIU (Ironic, isn’t it), Joe Rudolph from Wisconsin is a Belle Vernon native and the recruiting coordinator and of course Wisconsin co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge, who was at Pitt under both Walt Harris and Dave Wannstedt.”

“Partridge and Orlando would be excellent recruiters and would really give this staff a good in with the local prospects.”

Think it should have read Chryst and not Graham in first sentence. Interesting hires they would be. Nice to see a Belle Vernon guy from wisconsin is the recruiting guy up there!! This is the break we need!

Comment by QuipScript 12.22.11 @ 2:18 pm

I guess I just partially answered my own question. I just found this URL:

link to

Comment by Pitt Is It 12.22.11 @ 2:19 pm

On 937. Streaming it at work.

Comment by usd121 12.22.11 @ 2:20 pm

Funny Zeise wrote this in the PG today:

The 46-year-old Chryst takes over at Pitt following an exceptional eight-year tenure at Wisconsin (2002, 2005-11) where he gained acclaim as one of college football’s finest offensive teachers and strategists. The Badgers have compiled a 60-18 record (.769) during his six seasons overseeing the offense, which annually ranks among the nation’s most prolific and efficient units.

In 2011, Chryst helped Wisconsin to an 11-2 record and its second consecutive Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth. The Badgers are averaging 44.6 points and 466.9 yards per game entering their Pasadena showdown with Oregon on January 2.

Over the past three seasons (2009-11), Wisconsin boasts the Big Ten’s best record (32-7, .821) while being fueled by an offense that has averaged 39.3 points per game.

Read more: link to

Don’t remember the PG writing such a glowing account of PC, which is in fact….the facts.

Could it be that were downplaying Chryst, while overplaying the other two especially Cristobal.

So then the next question would be…….WHY?

Comment by EMel 12.22.11 @ 2:24 pm

The “Emperor Chas” has been intoned above and one of Chuck Noll’s famous quotes I remember is “You win with people” i.e. good, honest, hard-working, dependable people with integrity. I think we got that in Coach Chryst. I am happy with this hire.
Let’s get behing him and give him a chance to make it happen. Hail to Pitt and Merry Christmas to all my fellow Blatherers!

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 12.22.11 @ 2:28 pm

To JW,
You feel sorry for Anderson ? He is getting a free ride to a college education . He never was NFL material.
You want to feel bad how about Christian and the other transfers that came from Michigan only to have their coaches jump to Arizona with Dick Rod.
These guys can’t afford to transfer again and lose a 2nd year of eligibility.

Comment by Spindler's Spirit 12.22.11 @ 2:30 pm

Presser at 3 followed by an interview with Chryst on The Fan 93.7

Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 2:38 pm

Im sure we can appreciate the last tweet from Street (hey that rhymes)

“Chryst also has started to win over his new players. Street, one of the most outspoken on Twitter when Todd Graham bolted for Arizona State, tweeted two separate messages: “Just met the new head man ! Ready to rock” and “Said its not what he says its his actions !!! Perfect.”

Comment by Big Bill 12.22.11 @ 2:40 pm

Myers and Graham never got along. Maybe Myers saw through Graham’s shtick.

Comment by 66Goat 12.22.11 @ 2:42 pm

regarding Myers – We knew he was going to transfer even though he liked the University. Graham’s leaving, along with his complicated running QB offense, must have had the Myers family busting out the champagne.

This is really good news for him as Chryst doesn’t require his QBs to run as many times as Graham wanted his QBs to do.

Wilson ran 4 times a game last year for UW (not counting sack numbers) compared to Sunseri’s 7 per game. The UW QB before Wilson, Scott Tolzien, only ran 12 times all year if you take away the sacks.

Here are the numbers for Scott Tolzien who played much more like Myers does and Sunseri did under DW.

link to

From what I understand Chryst’s offense is a much simpler, run first offense with way less formations (Graham’s had up to 88) and pretty standard terminology. It shouldn’t be hard for any of these QBs we have to learn.

Also, I’ll bet a dollar Myers shows up at Spring Camp in the best shape of his life.

Comment by Reed 12.22.11 @ 2:50 pm

Agree with you Spindler. Anderson’s only other offer was from Bryant University. He got to be on an AQ conference roster and learn a lot more than he ever would have learned in Rhode Island. He also knew when he arrived that Chad Voytik was on his way in. With all the graduate and JUCO transfers that were lining up, he was probably SOL regardless of what happened.

In a random stroke of irony, I’m going to a University of Arizona hoops game tonight against Bryant University.

I feel a lot better than I thought I would about the hire. Was on the experienced HC bandwagon, but the floodgates are open on the accolades of Chryst.

Comment by cnorwoodaz 12.22.11 @ 2:51 pm

@ EMel, your post at 12:28 was spot-on!

Well said!!

Comment by Steelfan 12.22.11 @ 2:53 pm

Big Bill—couldn’t agree more than just what Street tweeted….this is a great hire! People at OSU (the one in Oregon, that is) love this guy, and still miss him.

Hail to PITT!

Comment by Oregon_Panther 12.22.11 @ 2:54 pm

Qoipscript like thoes thoughts and bet you are right abought holtz

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 3:07 pm

lets hope we get the O linemen for a run first offense….

Comment by velvil 12.22.11 @ 3:09 pm

first thing he did was introduce his mom, brother and wife and 3 kids who all accompanied him .. already I like his hiring presser better than the previous coach.

Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 3:17 pm

Wow. Chryst is REALLY humble. I can now understand why people were saying he was “underwhelming”. I am officially drinking the kool-aid on this guy. He sounds really nice and like a really genuine guy.

Comment by yeahimajerk 12.22.11 @ 3:19 pm

…also he is actually funny. He rambles and bit and you can tell he is kinda-sorta “salt of the earth” but I actually LOLed while listening to this presser at work.

Comment by yeahimajerk 12.22.11 @ 3:23 pm

Dan Bossdaws EMel big bill outlaw and all my outher brothers who post on here have amerry xmas
may god walk with you and keep you all safe.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 3:28 pm

SOUNDS like a good hire. Willing to give the guy a chance to get his program in place. NOT willing to give Smiley much more time. Let’s make January a great month and FIRE STEVE.

Comment by 13-9 12.22.11 @ 3:29 pm

Funny guy, brutally honest, humble, can feel the character in his voice. Solid hire.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.22.11 @ 3:34 pm

Whoa, I think he gets “it!” He really gets “it!” Unlike skum-bag!!!

Comment by QuipScript 12.22.11 @ 3:38 pm

Great presser. He has me fired up to play

Comment by bdubb 12.22.11 @ 3:39 pm

Ugh. I hate the media asking, “Is there a benefit to having the Steelers next store?” PITT FOOTBALL IS NOT THE STEELERS. ASDFJASL;FJKSADL;KFJASDLJFLSAVNSAL;JFLSJF

Comment by yeahimajerk 12.22.11 @ 3:39 pm

Solid humble mid-western guy. Breath of fresh air after a blowhard Texan. HTP!

Comment by San Diego Panther 69 12.22.11 @ 3:40 pm

Pitt’s football program is (finally) in good hands. Paul fits in well with the folks from Pittsburgh. I wish him and Pitt much success.

My best friend is an Oregon letter winner but I’m rooting for Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. HTP!

Comment by MariettaMike 12.22.11 @ 3:41 pm

I am happy with the hire. I am sure Barry Alvarez, being a Burgettstown native, made sure Chryst knows what kind of place Pittsburgh is. Notice that Chryst ran very productive offenses at Wisconsin without resorting to a gimmick offensive scheme like the run and shoot or the spread.

Look, if Chryst is successful in three to five years, somebody in the Numerically Challenged Conference – or Notre Dame – will offer him a job. So be it. Chryst’s job is to re-establish Pitt football as a force and I think he is up to the job. Time will tell.

For those who observe it, a Merry Christmas to yunz and your families and Happy New Year. Our family is celebrating the recent birth of our baby son. May your families be as joyous this Yuletide season.

Comment by Penguins Fan 12.22.11 @ 3:52 pm

Good hire. I loved his reference to a destination job. Chryst said why would waste your life going to a job that isn’t a destination job. I consider this a destination job. Wish he had said that a year ago we all could have saved ayear of our lives as fans stuck with an A## of a coach.

Comment by Spindler's Spirit 12.22.11 @ 3:57 pm

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a prosperous 2012 to all Pitt alumni and fans. Hail to Pitt!

Comment by MariettaMike 12.22.11 @ 3:58 pm

The media is horrible….how about, what kind of D will you play? The questions sucked.

Comment by notrocketscience 12.22.11 @ 3:58 pm

Penquins fans, Congrats, and Merry Chrystmas and Merry Chrystening

Alright .. I’m sorry

Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 4:00 pm

any clues from the presser on who his staff may be? is he coming to pitt ASAP or after the rose bowl?

Comment by dish 12.22.11 @ 4:02 pm

@dish, no clues about staff, and he IS coaching in the Rose Bowl. The right choice, in my opinion.

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.22.11 @ 4:06 pm

One thing tha western PA still produces is good offensive lineman. Offensive linemen love to run block. One of my issues with the spred offence is that many of blue chip players, with NFL aspirations, would rather play in pro-style offences. Eventhough we will recruit players from Florida and other parts of the country, the majority will be from this region.

Comment by Justinian 12.22.11 @ 4:13 pm

He said that he has made some inquiries and has some commitments for his neww staff but of course mentioned no names.

Todd Orlando, coincidentally Cristobal’s current DC, was mentioned in P-G as a possible DC .. which would be a great-get.

He also has the Wisc TE coach who is Belle-Vernon native, and the Wisc o-line coach rated as one of the best … these 2 are in line to replace Chryst so maybe the other one will be hired as OC here.

With his resume, I’m sure he has made a lot of contacts

Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 4:23 pm

Here is the bio for Orlando at UConn before he joined FIU in January after Edsall left UConn .. note that he is a pGH native

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Comment by wbb 12.22.11 @ 4:28 pm

Paul Chryst is like many people I know from Wisconsin. They for the most part, are very good people, who if you were in battle, would want them sharing the foxhole with you.

They aren’t going to talk too much of what they’re going to do, they just do.

That should play well in Pittsburgh. Let’s hope.

Comment by EMel 12.22.11 @ 4:28 pm

I loved the press conference and chryst’s wry sense of humor.

I would have taken either coach but have to say I was hoping PITT would go for the less-splashy choice and they did.

I’ll bet he is a great coach for us in all the right ways, on and off the field.

Comment by Reed 12.22.11 @ 4:36 pm

EMel, I have had the same experience with Wisconsiner’s, now that I think about it(Quite literally, as you put it), looking back at my military career. Good people from Wisconsin.

In case I forget, or don’t get around to posting again by Sunday, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to everyone.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.22.11 @ 4:41 pm

Reed, my sentiments as well. Even though they wanted little splash with this hire, I think they’re getting more than they wanted.

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.22.11 @ 4:43 pm

Pitt FINALLY got this right.

HTP and welcome Chryst!

Comment by Pitt Is IT 12.22.11 @ 4:52 pm

A good man

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 4:57 pm

The presser was pretty good.

This guy seems like your typical solid Big Ten coach. With a little bit of flair in the best spot: on the scoreboard.

Comment by deepelemblues 12.22.11 @ 4:59 pm

Thank you Santa!

Comment by TX Panther 12.22.11 @ 5:13 pm

Intresting read….
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Comment by POLE 12.22.11 @ 5:22 pm

What a difference in personality between Fraud and Chryst. I have been struggling to come up with one word to describe Chryst and it hit me like a ton of bricks………GENUINE.
Chryst does not have prepared speeches or cute phrases. He is laid back and probably a great listener. I have the feeling that after the Haywood fiasco and Fraud’s gimmicks our team is going to get down to business and concentrate on the basics of smash mouth football.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Comment by isnore 12.22.11 @ 5:23 pm

To whomever asked if Chryst’s wife was attractive, imho, she is. Not on the scale of Mrs. Cristobal, but definitely an attractive lady for her mid 40s age.

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.22.11 @ 5:28 pm

Lotsa talk about Chryst being the safe pick. To refresh old memories, the exact same words were uttered when they promoted Foge Fazio to take over for Jackie Sherrill. And Pitt football hasn’t been the same since.

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 12.22.11 @ 6:07 pm

He didn’t talk from laminated notes. That has to be a good sign!

Comment by dinosaur 71 12.22.11 @ 6:10 pm

Partridge all but denied coming to Pitt with Chryst in an interview on 93.7.

Comment by Digdug(Formerly Dugdog) 12.22.11 @ 6:11 pm

Back at you FRANKCAN on your Christmas wishes, and to all on the Blather. enjoying the posts and the ubiquitous optimism in Panther Land with what appears to be a solid hire. We deserve it. HTP

Comment by bossdaws 12.22.11 @ 6:13 pm

Reply to Pens fan, “Notice that Chryst ran very productive offenses at Wisconsin without resorting to a gimmick offensive scheme like the run and shoot or the spread.”

Sure, with Wisconsin’s OL you can run any offense you want.

Pitt doesn’t have that good of an OL, and hasn’t since the 1980s. So a pro-set offense works at Alabama and USC and Wisconsin, but won’t work at Pitt. Which is exactly why Wanny failed. Well, that plus his knucklehead QB.

Thus the spread is best for Pitt, and (yes God knows the man is flawed) Todd Graham is the first guy to realize this.

Comment by Imma Man! Im 40! 12.22.11 @ 6:32 pm

Coach the Rose Bowl?? No worries, as long as you’ve spent the week before, firming up the major coaching positions needed for Pitt to hit the road running come 1/3/2012. I’m not at all happy if Chryst doesn’t have at least his DC, OC and both line coaches named and signed by News Years Eve. After that’s done, sure, go out to Pasadena for your coaching farewell with the U of W.

Chryst better also be in contact with all of our recruits and their families starting tomorrow making sure that everybody is getting their strokes and feeling warm and fuzzy about his hire, especially Shell and Voytik.

My attitude may not be politically correct but Chryst’s primary responsibility from this point forward is Pitt Football. This first week of transition is important to keep the ball rolling in the right direction with attention to these essential items detailed above. We pooch this recruiting class and Chryst starts off severely handicapped for the next couple of years.

Priority one, Pitt Football!

Comment by Dr. Tom 12.22.11 @ 7:10 pm

Imma Man-I agree about the offensive styles. Pitt doesn’t have the OL to play “smash mouth football”. If they try they will get their mouths smashed. What I hope is that Chryst abapts to the personnel, runs some version of the spread. After some success in future years, he can recruit/develop some hogs to drive the ball down the field.

Comment by Houston Panther 12.22.11 @ 7:58 pm

news info for you coach chryst is looking at montana s jonathan smith has his QB coach . and they say he is trying to bring some one from his old school to be his OC.

Comment by FRANKCAN 12.22.11 @ 8:16 pm

Houston, disagree about the OL. here’s what I commented in an earlier thread:

Seems like some fans are worried that Chryst won’t have the same big Offensive Lineman as he did in Wisconsin. We have our share also, the first five listed may well be our starters next year… They ain’t small.

75 Ryan Turnley 6-6/320 OL RS JR
64 Shane Johnson 6-5/325 OL RS FR
77 Zenel Demhasaj 6-7/330 OL JR
78 Cory King 6-6/325 OL RS SO
74 Matt Rotheram 6-6/350 OL RS FR

Comment by Reed 12.22.11 @ 9:25 pm

Has anyone seen any comments from Mark May on our new coach?

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 12.22.11 @ 10:05 pm

Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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