The coaching search ended rather quickly for the Pittsburgh Panthers, as they nabbed Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst as their new head coach.
The decision came after former head coach Todd Graham bolted for the Arizona St. job last week. Chryst is the fourth Pittsburgh coach in the last year and comes from a very successful program in Wisconsin.
He helped orchestrate a Badger offense that averages nearly 45 points and 470 yards a game. While he was a candidate for the Pittsburgh coaching job last season, one more year as an assistant has proved to be very beneficial for Chryst.
Chryst joined the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2005 as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, so he has had experience running an offense.
He was previously a tight ends coach at Wisconsin in 2002 before taking the the offensive coordinator job at Oregon State in 2003-2004.
Chryst previously served on the San Diego Chargers coaching staff from 1999-2001.
He brings a wealth of experience at all levels and at 46 he is ready for his first collegiate head coaching job.
While he was also considered for the Illinois and Kansas jobs, Chryst was the man Pitt wanted from the start and he is somebody who they would like to have hang around for a while.
One thing is certain, some stability is desperately needed for a Pittsburgh program that has been scuffling in recent years. That stability will help greatly when the Panthers head to the ACC in 2013. The competition is going to get a little tougher and a head coach like Chryst is certain to help with that transition.
Time will tell if Chryst is the answer for Pittsburgh, but as it looks right now, he seems like the perfect choice.