I think that's the most likely candidate for the job.
How about Darrell Bevell? OC for the Minnesota Vikings and was the first QB to take them to the Rose Bowl in a thousand years.
and my entire family went to Wisconsin, so take this input for what it's worth (which may not be much). There aren't many people who are super interested in Darrell Bevell as a candidate. Most people I've spoken to would die for Chryst to come back and while he released a statement tonight about his "commitment" to the Pitt program, it seemed to me a carefully worded statement that did not at any point reaffirm his desire to stay there. (Apparently his buyout is substantial, not sure how much that matters.) Doeren is a popular choice but the ink isn't dry on his NC State contract; Diaco (Notre Dame's defensive coordinator) is a name I've also heard, and on various ESPN boards people have also suggested Pelini, though I really can't imagine that's a very realistic option.
I disagree on the interest in Bevell. I went to high school in Madison and lots of my friends back there are alumni and season ticket holders. They're all pulling for Bevell.
I think the better question is whether he would want to leave an OC job in the NFL (possible HC someday?) for his alma mater...
I think Bevell and Chryst are the definite favorites
I'm a Milwaukee resident, all the Madison alums I know are clamoring for Alvarez to return a la Bill Snyder.
Ah yes. I have heard that one too. Not sure how likely it is, I get the sense Barry's pretty happy.
If we see Brad Childress as Wisconsin's head coach I will denounce western society, sell all my possessions, and change my name to Plays With Squirrels.
I am now hoping he becomes the head coach...
Will you do the same if Stefon Diggs chooses Maryland?
So you're saying there's a chance.
Plays with Beavers because that is my real name!
As the token Native American on this board, I have to say this is only slightly racist and I'll allow it!
I predict Alvarez coaches in the bowl as a figurehead, and then hires Paul Chryst as Head coach. They are going to want to stay in house, and there aren't many candidates out there that give them that opportunity. A long term stay by Alvarez would be horrible for that program
According to a few sources, that is a distinct possibility - (LINK) - that he might be the motivational figurehead, if you will, in the next month leading up to and during the game, but of course, he would not call plays.
As for the successor to Bielema, I have to believe they'll first go after someone who could keep recruiting going with minimal interruption and someone who knows the Midwest like Bielema did. That being said, Bielema was able to recruit Florida reasonably well too, so it could very well be someone that has ties to both areas.
Obviously, Paul Chryst and Dave Doeren (despite the latter being hired by NC State recently) are the in-house favorites, but if they resorted to an in-staff replacement (likely not their first choice, I assume), a few sites say it would have to be their DC Chris Ash in that scenario. I wonder if Butch Jones stops to think about this opening at least.
Chryst has MUCH better local talent to work with at Pitt, and doesn't have to fly everywhere to recruit. The ACC is easier to win, and Penn State should be down just enough for him to grab a few recruits(Dorian Johnson), win, and move on to a better program. Even better if BOB leaves or Hackenburg decommits.
That said, if Wisky offers him 3 million a year, who knows?
Chryst is a Madison native whose dad coached in the UW system (@ Platteville). He knows what it takes to win at UW. I'd be shocked if he turned it down.
“I understand the speculation surrounding my name given today’s developments. I am committed to the Pitt football program and the University of Pittsburgh. I am focusing all my time and energy on our team’s bowl game preparation and recruiting a great group of young men to join our program and this outstanding university. We are working hard every day to re-establish this program and I am excited about the future of Pitt football.”
Now I wouldn't rule him out until Wisconsin hires someone, but I think it's interesting that he's outright denied it, as opposed to not remarking.
And if he does leave, you would have to feel for the players on that team. A Class of 2010 player would have played 3 seasons under 3 different Head Coaches (5 if you count the Bowl coaches)
Just keep in mind that Nick Saban was quoted (IIRC) 3 times as stating that he had no desire to go back to the college level.
That is definitely not an outright denial. That sounds very carefully worded to me.
He knows how hard it is to win at Wisconsin. Not to mention he'll forever be compared with Alvarez and even Bielema. He wouldn't be able to get guys like Dorian Johnson in his backyard there either.
He'll probably say that Les Miles already accepted the job ....
Offensive mind, UW grad, Packers stint, Alvarez player, and only 40.
Offensive and defensive coordinators both are either in their first or second years with the Badgers. If they can't get Chryst, I think they'll pick up someone that none of us has heard of
If Matt Canada goes with him to Arkansas, Chryst will be at the top of the list.
Looks like their dc is following him to
(realistic?! and please no)
If you're serious about Mattison, I don't think that's a possibility. He doesn't seem to want a HC job as he's been a DC for so long and hasn't he stated he wants to end his career at Michigan?
want to be a HC and yes he has stated that he wants to end things at Michigan
we have a great OC Wisky should take a hard look at... please.
Chryst will return, furthering Pitt's misery in coaches since firing the stache.
My vote based on style and B1G connection is Ron English at emu. He took possibly the worst team in the FBS and has them near .500 year in and year out. Defensive minded and offensive philosophy of line up and hit them in the mouth. English would be the perfect fit up there.
way to think way, way, WAY outside the box...logical, but unlikely.
Wow I missed the memo they went 2-10 this year. They played way better then there record shows. Still English has done well at a job no one has had success at in years. A 6-6 season was a huge step in the right direction.
wanted English to get the head coaching job at UM. Sure he probably could not have done much worse than Rich Rod did, but I would MUCH rather have Hoke than English at this point.
Honestly a 6-6 season at EMU is probably more of a feat then 10-2 at Michigan. Don't take that the wrong way. I've caught glimpses of the program because a guy I played High School Ball against (Gillett) is up there. That program was in shamble over the last decade. English is starting to get guys that fit the mold of what he wants and I think it will pay off sooner then later. The MAC West won't be as competitive over the next few years. NIU should be coming back to earth unless this BCS bid gets them some unexpected talent. Toledo Peak will probably be next year with the huge Junior Class of Owen, Reedy, and Fluellen all coming back for thier senior seasons.
I'm a big fan of EMU style and I think English will find a really nice job some where. I think his main issue right now (other then being at EMU) is that he wants to win on brute strength and no Mac team can win on strength vs a BCS oppenent. Also some of the best offensive teams are in the MAC and can throw up huge numbers. You give English a team like Wisconsin and I'm not sure how they don't win a minimum of 8 games a year. That is his type of a football up there.
If I Was Barry my list would go:
Someone from his current staff
English is also bringing in some really talented JC guys from as far away as California. That in of itself is a miracle at EMU.
And three years out
What are the odds on Narduzzi, Fickell, or one of the other Big ten assistants moving over there?
I don't really know what's going on anymore.
Maybe Narduzzi but not Fickel. Fickel isn't far enough removed from the 6-7 year he had as interim HC for Ohio.
Narduzzi would be a solid bet for Cincinnati
Fickell to kent probably
The Big Ten needs to pony up some money and bring in real coaches. We're quickly becoming a second-class conference, with Bielema leaving, Purdue being unable to bring in a Big Eas coach... in addition to the PSU/OSU fiascos.
Can anyone tell me what the hell the point of bringing in new markets and "making money" off the Big Ten Network, at the expense of tradition, fan happiness, and good ethics, if none of the teams are going to spend money to get any better? It's a goddamn embarassment. The Big Ten will be lucky to win one or two real bowls this year, and it doesn't look like it is going to get better anytime soon. Luckily, Brady has worked out for us, but MICHIGAN couldn't entice Coach Miles, how does Wisconsin expect to get a big name coach?
So Dave Brandon / Delany, where exactly is all this money going and how is it going to make the Big Ten competetive again?
I miss the days of the Big 2 and Little 8.
Wish we could go back to that structure. I think we're closer to that than the conference being like the SEC is.
I think Rich Rodriguez would be perfect. Wisconsin would become Minnesota.
Just a joke! They need more manball!!
I would imagine that it would be a huge pay increase, and he could have an easier time getting marginal recruits.
I think he just signed an extension with vandy
Even if he coached the Badgers he'd stil probably put SEC teams ahead of us in the coaches poll.
Currently OC of the Seattle Seahawks, a four-year starter at Wisconsin at QB. A brief resume, lifted from Wikipedia:
Westmar University (1996)
(Passing game coordinator/Quarterbacks coach)
Iowa State University (1997)
University of Connecticut (1998–1999)
(Wide receivers coach)
Green Bay Packers (2000–2002)
Green Bay Packers (2003–2005)
Minnesota Vikings (2006–2010)
Seattle Seahawks (2011–present)
I don't know about that. My extension of the trends of head coaching vacancies extends as long as my little finger, but it seems like a guy who has hopped around to a few different NFL jobs for over a decade is content there. As far as I am concerned, Wisconsin is a "winnable" place, but for someone who has been working with the best of the beasts, I'm not sure how enticing it would be to him.
I know he has Wisky ties, but he is only 42. I could see it more possible if he were 50+, but if he is working the NFL thing right now, I'm guessing he has more career-based motivation than to keep a B1G program on its feet.
Again, I could be totally off base here, but that's my initial reaction.
For the sake of the Pitt football team, I hope Chryst stays put. I don't know how much more coaching change those kids can take. It's already an incredibly unfair burden they've had to bear.
I'm sure Wisconsin will ask Chryst to come back, but if they do, he'd better think long and hard about that decision.
My wife is a Pitt grad and she will go ape$h** if they have to go to the Compass Bowl with an interim coach for the third straight year.
Fair warning cheeseheads.
Maybe they'll try and hire Charlie Weis
Petrino would be the logical choice, what with Harley-Davidson HQ nearby in Milwaukee. He'd make a great spokesperson for them and could get a new hog if/when he crashes the one he currently owns. Not sure of the quality of UW interns, though. That's the wildcard here.
B1G division realignments are coming one way or another. They can't possibly keep these now that wisconsin is going back to the irrelvelant program they were pre-Alvarez.
Where is Alvarez going?
Wisconsin will not shell out money for a coach due to the climate Madison these days. The most common comment I've heard regarding this situation is "good riddance, he was the highest paid public employee and made too much money".
There is a public opinion similar to UCLA where public employees should get paid zero dollars or as close to that number as possible. If Bevell is willing to make less than half the coaches in the big ten he could be it otherwise, I expect it to be a promotion from within. Or Alvarez. People are clamoring for him here in Wisconsin.
... Can't tell if sarcastic... I'm simply telling you from first hand knowledge why Wisconsin won't hire Butch Davis or anyone else who would require a lot of money.
My post isn't political at all, and I did not give any political opinions.
Also may I suggest a stress ball.
At least a football coach is actually producing something worthwhile, not just expanding the bureaucracy to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy, like the rest of the public sector has been for the past 50 years.
Now THAT is political.
...and thus it's completely appropriate!
Aren't most coaches not paid from state money? At least at big time schools. I remember there was a big fuss about that reporter calling out Calhoun at UConn and he shut that shit down.
What are the odds Wisconsin uses all its fancy BTN money to hire Gene Chizik? I'm going to put the over/under at 6.5%
A couple of decades ago WIsconsin hired a Notre Dame defensive coordinator who completely rebuilt the program.
Wisconsin obviously doesn't need a rebuild, and they don't need to rush the hire.
Bob Diaco should be their next head coach.
@McMurphyESPN: Paul Chryst on Wisconsin speculation: "I am committed to Pitt football program and the University of Pittsburgh"
I know Chryst could very well be coach speak and I'm sure Wisconsin is his dream job like Michigan was to Hoke, but I just get the feeling that he won't leave Pittsburgh after 1 year.
I'm interested to see what Wisconsin does because I highly doubt they make a big hire or attemt to grab someone from outside the Alvarez coaching tree.
If it's truly his dream job, I'd expect him to take itif offered. Who know's when he'll get another chance. It sucks to bail out on Pitt after only a year, but it's not the equivalent of Todd Graham going to ASU.
Not sure Narduzzi is out of the question.
Heck, everyone else thinks they're gonna get him why not Wisconsin /s
Mitt Romney's not doing anything........
Charlie Strong. Sure, he's probably going to wait for an SEC job, but I think many schools won't consider him.
Doeren has to be kicking himself.
Out of left field - bud foster the DC at VT?
And since people have mentioned how an ND defensive coordinator worked in the past - the job Bob Davie did with the tire-fire that Locksley created at New Mexico is impressive.
The one-year tread water experiment continues. I mean, he already knows the Midwest...