MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says he hasn’t offered the Badgers’ football coaching job to anyone, including current Pittsburgh coach and apparent front-runner Paul Chryst.
Alvarez said Friday that Wisconsin state law prevents the university from making an offer to anyone before Wednesday, the date given in a job posting that went up after Gary Andersen’s departure this week for Oregon State.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Alvarez met with Chryst in Florida, where Alvarez was attending an Outback Bowl promotion. The newspaper cited an anonymous source. Pittsburgh officials said Chryst was in Florida recruiting earlier in the week.
Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1.
Chryst is a former Badgers assistant, including stints as co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach. He’s also a former Badgers quarterback. He is 19-19 at Pitt, including 6-6 this season with a game against Houston coming up Jan. 2 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
The Panthers began bowl preparations Friday with a light workout at the end of finals week. Chryst spoke to the team before practice but declined to address reporters. He is in the third season of a five-year deal he signed when Pitt hired him to replace Todd Graham in December 2011. While Chryst has spoken to Pitt officials about an extension, no agreement has been reached.