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Chryst, Crist Watch - Tuesday, December 20

It's pretty much a waiting game in regards to Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and possible transfer quarterback Dayne Crist, but it appears a decision could be coming soon on both of them.

We'll keep you updated right here throughout the day if any news surfaces on either.

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst has emerged as one of two "leading candidates" for the Pitt job, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and a group of prominent Panthers boosters are supporting the Wisconsin offensive coordinator.

FIU head coach Mario Cristobal is the other favorite, according to the newspaper, with Ohio State interim head coach Luke Fickell also a candidate. The report also says the search committee hopes to make a decision this week.

FIU plays in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Tuesday night, which may explain why very little has developed in the job search over the last 48 hours. Reports surfaced Saturday night that the Panthers had offered the job to Cristobal, but the university issued an official statement Sunday saying they hadn't offered the job to any candidate.

Of course even if Chryst doesn't get the Pitt job, it's still possible he won't return next year. He wants a head coaching job, but I still wouldn't rule out an NFL offensive coordinator job. For instance, the Bears will probably be looking for a new offensive coordinator in the offseason and while I have no idea whether or not Chicago would be interested in Chryst, he would be a perfect fit for that offense. The fact that Chryst currently coaches Nate Tice, the son of Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice, who will almost certainly stay on staff, means there is at least a small connection there.

At the very least, if Chryst doesn't get the Pitt job, it's likely he'll be 100 percent on board with the Badgers for the Rose Bowl

Dayne Crist

We still expect a decision from Crist very soon. His mother told the Chicago Tribune Monday that her son needed "probably another day or two" to make his decision on where to transfer. That means a decision could come as early as today or Wednesday.

Crist is deciding between Wisconsin, Kansas and Delaware.