Alvarez: No offer made on head coaching position

Statement makes no mention of Paul Chryst

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez says they’re still in the process of finding a new head football coach, after a report that former UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst would get the job.

The statement issued Friday states that the earliest an offer to a candidate could be made is Dec. 17, based on UW hiring policies.

Gary Andersen announced Wednesday that he was leaving for Oregon State.

A source close to the UW program told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Jeff Potrykus that Chryst has been tapped as the next head coach for the Badgers.

Chryst is currently the head coach at Pittsburgh. He was born in Madison and played at UW from 1986-’88.

Alvarez said he always keeps a short list of potential head coaches and hoped to hire one by the bowl game. He acknowledged that departures of Andersen and former coach Bret Bielema show that Wisconsin apparently isn’t a destination job, but he felt he has a “great product” to offer the next coach.