Paul Chryst was ushered out of Madison as the head coach after Wisconsin fell to 2-3 following a blowout defeat to Illinois. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Paul Chryst was born in Madison, grew up in Platteville as the son of a small-college football coach and was a letter-winner for Wisconsin.
He favored simple sweatshirts and smashmouth football — offense and defense — and when he took over as head coach of the Badgers and won three Big Ten West titles (and 52 games) in his first five seasons, it looked like the 56-year-old might stay forever.
The modern reality of college football came for one of the game’s most throwback head coaches Sunday. Chryst was fired just five games into the season. The Badgers were 2-3 and had just been mauled by Illinois and former coach Bret Beliema.
That early success, or even last year’s 9-4 season (albeit a disappointing one), and that pure Wisconsin biography meant nothing. He was owed about $19 million to not coach, but UW said he agreed to a settlement.
“After a heartfelt and authentic conversation with Coach Chryst about what is in the long-term best interest of our football program, I have concluded that now is the time for a change in leadership,” athletic director Chris McIntosh said in a statement.
“Paul is a man of integrity who loves his players. I have great respect and admiration for Paul and the legacy of him and his family at the University of Wisconsin,” McIntosh continued.
There is no time anymore for good guys, just good teams. Wisconsin isn’t one right now.
Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, a three-time All American at Wisconsin and 10-year NFL veteran, will take over. He’ll have seven games to prove he deserves the job on a full-time basis.
There is little arguing that Chryst’s program had slipped lately. The Badgers were just 15-10 since…
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Publish date : 2022-10-03 02:19:54
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