Texas to hire Paul Chryst as analyst: Ex-Wisconsin coach to join Steve Sarkisian’s staff, per reports


Former Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst will join Texas’ staff as an offensive analyst, according to multiple reports. He will hold the title of special assistant to the head coach, a similar role that former TCU coach Gary Patterson served in Austin last season.

Chryst was highly successful at Wisconsin, winning three Big Ten West titles and posting an 86-45 record in seven-plus seasons. The former Badgers quarterback won Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017 with the program posting a combined 24-4 record in that span. However, Chryst was let go after the Badgers limped to a 2-3 start in 2022. The Badgers ultimately hired former Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell and North Carolina assistant Phil Longo to modernize Chryst’s offense. 

The marriage of Chryst and Texas coach Steve Sarkisian could prove to be a fruitful one. By the end of his tenure, Chryst’s offenses at Wisconsin were criticized for being archaic. Sarkisian is on the cutting edge of modern passing concepts and has the top quarterbacks from the classes of 2021 and 2023 to grease the wheels. However, Chryst has coached some of the most productive rushing offenses in college football, which will be a strong advantage as the Longhorns prepare for life without top running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson. 

In addition to Chryst, Sarkisian brought on former NFL assistant Joe DeCamillis and longtime FCS assistant Payam Saadat in similar special assistant and analyst roles. Both have been added to the Texas staff directory. Decamillis was…


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