Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/29/11
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst on Tuesday night said he had not been contacted to be the next head coach of the Illinois football program, despite a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that indicated otherwise."Someone said that I was gone like yesterday or something," Chryst said. "I was here the whole time. I think people in the profession understand where we're at. My guess is places that have openings are talking to people, but not the ones that are in games. That or they just don't want to talk to you. It's been quiet, and it's been kind of nice that way."Wisconsin (10-2, 6-2) plays Michigan State (10-2, 7-1) at 8:17 p.m. CT Saturday in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. A report in the Journal Sentinel on Monday indicated that Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was interested in Chryst and that a Learjet traveled from the University of Illinois' Willard Airport to Madison early Monday evening. The Illini fired former coach Ron Zook on Sunday.Chryst has been with Wisconsin since 2005 and was co-offensive coordinator that season for coach Barry Alvarez. When Bret Bielema took over as head coach in 2006, Chryst became the sole offensive coordinator, a position he has held ever since.Chryst also coached the tight ends in 2002 at Wisconsin before spending two seasons at Oregon State."It's so easy in our world just to focus on what we've got going," Chryst said. "It really is. Maybe that's just the way that I handle it myself. These are good things to be going through right now, and if you do a job that you're supposed to be doing, if you do that right, then I think things work out. If you try and do something else other than what you should be doing, I think that's wrong."Last season, Wisconsin's offense ranked fifth in the country in scoring, at 41.5 points per game. This season, the Badgers are currently fourth in the nation, averaging 44.8 points.Konz game-time decision: Badgers center Peter Konz said his availability for Saturday's Big Ten championship against Michigan State won't be known until just before kickoff.The 6-foot-5, 315-pound redshirt junior suffered a dislocated left ankle during the fourth quarter during Wisconsin's 42-13 victory against Minnesota on Nov. 12 while blocking downfield for running back Montee Ball. The initial diagnosis was that he would miss 2-4 weeks. Konz said at the time that his goal was to return by Saturday's game."I just want to play so bad," he reiterated on Tuesday night. "This is such an historic event. Something I want to do really badly. You're just hoping your ankle loosens up just enough so you can go full speed. I could play right now and there'd just be discomfort, but I want to be 100 percent Peter Konz. Every day, I'm hoping it loosens up a little bit more so I can get to that point."Backup Ryan Groy started at center against Illinois on Nov. 19, but he was moved to left guard after struggling midway through the game. Travis Frederick switched from left guard to center and has held the position since."It's just day by day," Konz said. "What I've been talking with the coaches, it's just by game-time if I'm ready, then that's what it's going to be."Follow Jesse Temple on Twitter
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