Word broke late last night that Pitt head coach Paul Chryst was all but guaranteed to fill the vacancy with the Wisconsin Badgers. Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson, however, has said no move is yet in place.
The Post-Gazette's Sam Werner (who you need to follow on Twitter, by the way) recently spoke with the Pitt AD:
Just spoke with #Pitt AD Steve Pederson, who said Paul Chryst has not told him he will take the Wisconsin job, if offered.— Sam Werner (@SWernerPG) December 12, 2014
Werner also adds that Wisconsin has reached out to Pederson to inform him of their interest in talking to him about the job (even though it's believed/assumed that Chryst and Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez have already met with some reports saying they did so as early as Thursday).
Not official, but hardly an indication he is staying, either. With several news outlets reporting it today, Chryst's departure seems like a formality. However, things apparently aren't 100% official, either. Part of it may have to do with a reported waiting period for a Wisconsin state job that may hold up an official announcement. Part of it may be Chryst being cordial as always. Part of it (not likely, though) is that Chryst is very much weighing his options. Chryst and Pederson may also just be keeping this between themselves. Lots of possibilities.
In the end, Chryst is still expected to leave and I don't think this changes anything.
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