Originally posted on SPORTS by BROOKS  |  Last updated 12/22/11

Multiple sources confirmed to SbB Wednesday that Wisconsin assistant football coach Paul Chryst has agreed to become Pittsburgh’s next head football coach.

A source close to the Pitt football program told SbB late Wednesday that the school will announce Chryst, who interviewed for the job last weekend, as its new football coach as soon as Thursday and no later than Friday.

Multiple sources also confirmed that Chryst will retain his duties as offensive coordinator of Wisconsin through the Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez played a key role in Pitt’s decision to hire Chryst, as a source close to the Pitt program told SbB that the former longtime Badgers football coach convinced longtime friend and influential Pitt booster A.C. Dellovade to champion the Chryst candidacy to other prominent Pitt donors and officials.

Chryst, who is credited for an impressive makeover of the Wisconsin offense dating to 2005, replaces Todd Graham, who coincidentally got the nod over Chryst for the Pitt job last year - before abruptly departing for Arizona State a week ago.

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