It wasn’t more than 48 hours ago that Mario Cristobal had emerged in multiple media accounts as the favorite to become the next head coach at Pittsburgh.
Coincidence or not, the same candidate has reportedly fallen out of favor following his team’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl loss to Marshall Tuesday night.
Instead of Cristobal, it’s being reported by both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is now seen as the favorite to take over for Todd Graham, who texted that he was leaving the Panthers earlier this month for Arizona State. Chryst reportedly performed well during his interview with Pitt officials last week, a far cry from his rumored performance when he was a candidate for the opening earlier this year.
A ringing endorsement, as the Journal Sentinel described it, from UW athletic director Barry Alvarez did not hurt Chryst’s candidacy either.
It’s unclear when Pittsburgh will pull the trigger on a hire, although it could very well come before the weekend.
One other additional note on Pittsburgh’s search for a coach: Luke Fickell, who interviewed for the position and was widely viewed as one of the three finalists, is no longer in the running for the job. Unless he re-emerges as a candidate at Akron, Fickell will return to Ohio State to serve as co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers, whose hiring by the Buckeyes was officially announced earlier today.
10:54 p.m. ET: Chryst appears to be the choice for Pittsburgh to replace Graham, and an announcement by the school is now expected to take place as early as Thursday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that “Chryst is in line to become the next head coach at Pitt assuming the two sides can reach an agreement on a contract.”
How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.