UPDATE, 3:20 pm: BadgerNation.com reports that Chryst's buyout can be paid in installments, which would make it easier for Wisconsin to pay it off. So there's some clairty there, at least.
Surprise, Paul Chryst is a top candidate for the Wisconsin Badgers coaching job. Of course, his buyout could potentially prevent the Badgers from hiring him. If Barry Alvarez concludes that Chryst is his guy and he doesn't want anyone else, the university will probably just fork over the cash, but there's obviously a number that is going to be prohibitive at some point.
No one knows what that number is, and no one knows what Chryst's buyout is. The speculation on the internet is astonishing at the moment. Seriously, this is breaking Twitter.
Newspaper calls #Pitt's Chryst "the front-runner;" buyout reportedly $6 million sbn.to/TJ4QMV— Bryan (@PittScript) December 5, 2012
Paul Chryst's buyout at #Pitt is around $8 million.I have a hard time believing he will be the next head coach of @badgerfootball #Badgers— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) December 5, 2012
Does anyone actually know for sure that Chryst's buyout is? I've seen like 10 different numbers this morning.— Paul Noonan (@BadgerNoonan) December 5, 2012
People have said Chryst buyout is 3M, 6M, 8M, and 10M. Give me a break. Keep quiet if you don't know. #Badgers— Chris Miller (@c__miller) December 5, 2012
We had some speculation from one of our community members, ObrienSchofieldIsMyHero, that Chryst's buyout is an irrational number. Personally, I believe that it's n + $1m, in which n is the amount that Barry Alvarez is willing to pay.