MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Paul Chryst is coming home to coach Wisconsin.
The school made it official on Wednesday, hiring Chryst away from Pittsburgh. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State.
Chryst is a former Wisconsin offensive coordinator and a Madison native. He leaves the Panthers after going 19-19 in three seasons, returning to his hometown and alma mater.
The 49-year-old Chryst had two prior stints as an assistant coach for the Badgers. Most notably, he was part of the Wisconsin staff from 2005-11, helping the Badgers to five double-digit victory seasons and two Rose Bowls.
He was coordinator in 2011 when the high-scoring Badgers featured quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball.
UPDATE: A press conference is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, where it's expected to be announced that Paul Chryst will be the next coach of the Badgers. You can hear it live on 1310 WIBA.
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst is moving closer to taking the head coaching job at Wisconsin.
A person with direct knowledge of situation told The Associated Press that Chryst is traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to meet with university officials about replacing Gary Andersen. Andersen left the Badgers for Oregon State last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not yet been announced.
Chryst, a former player and offensive coordinator for the Badgers, is 19-19 in three seasons with the Panthers. He interviewed with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez about the vacancy last week. Alvarez also interviewed with former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. Wisconsin state hiring laws prevent the Badgers from making a hire before Wednesday.
Chryst attended practice with the Panthers on Tuesday before heading to Wisconsin.