Paul Chryst is a free agent in the coaching world. Wisconsin fired him recently.
Aside from the obvious reasoning for Wisconsin's decision (the Badgers are 2-3 to start the season), we now have more clarity on the situation.
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a big reason for Wisconsin's decision is that the school gave Chryst the opportunity to make changes during the off-season, which he did.
Unfortunately, those changes did not result in success. And to top it off, Chryst and the Badgers were just humiliated at home by Illinois last Saturday.
“Last year was disappointing, they got off to a tough start. Graham Mertz was the starting quarterback this year,” Potrykus said. “They were 0-2 in the league, 1-3 overall, they rallied and were in a position to play in the B1G title game, but got outplayed thoroughly by Minnesota.”
“This year Chryst made changes in the offseason. Gave up offensive coordinator, gave up playcalling all in an effort to get the offense up and running. This hasn’t worked, the offense is stuck in neutral. Defense is struggling a little bit because they lost eight starters. The loss to Illinois is really what shook people at UW, including AD Chris McIntosh.”
Well there you have it.
The Badgers are expected to name Jim Leonhard their next head coach, although that is not official yet.