Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/8/11

It looks like ex Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will soon join the Wisconsin Badgers program, sources close to both programs told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

I guess Sconnie is becoming very good at “free agent quarterback signings.” They got Russell Wilson for one year after he graduated from NC State, and all he’s done is break the single season passing efficiency record (well, he’s one game away) and lead the Badgers to the Big Ten title/Rose Bowl. Badgers coach Bret Bielema said that Wilson’s success has inspired at least 10 players to inquire about transferring to Madison.

Crist assumed the starting role in South Bend last year after Jimmy Claussen graduated. His season ended very early with a knee injury, but he threw for 2,033 yards, 15 TDs and seven interceptions in 2010. In 2009 he hardly played at all.

According to the Sporting News:

“Crist has one year of eligibility remaining and will graduate this month, according to the newspaper. That would allow him to play next month at another school.”

Crist was benched during the season opening loss to South Florida, and Tommy Rees assumed the position the rest of the year. A reporter who sat next to me at that postgame press conference described Crist best “when he enters the red zone he’s kind of like Cougar in Top Gun, he’s lost his wings now.”

Maybe a change of atmosphere will be just what he needs? Perhaps being in a place where he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder will let him relax and play loose? Wisconsin doesn’t exactly have a successor lined up for Wilson in 2012. Jon Budmayr hasn’t been healthy and Curt Phillips isn’t a solid, etched in stone front-runner to inherit the position.

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