Lepay says why Chryst is 'sexy choice,' 'anything but slam dunk' for Badgers

CREATED Dec 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 5, 2012

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MADISON - After the departure of Bret Bielema to Arkansas, the Wisconsin Badgers are looking for a new football coach.

The Voice of the Badgers calls former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst the "sexy" pick, but one that may be very hard for Wisconsin to actually pull off.

"Sexy choice, yes, but anything but a slam dunk at this point," said Matt Lepay on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"Selfishly, I think it would be great."

Chryst is currently the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh after a long tenure as a successful offensive assistant at Wisconsin. 

"He's just been at Pittsburgh for one year.  Pittsburgh has had a lot of turbulence with coaching turnover," said Lepay. 

"I'm not sure that's an offer Alvarez would extend.  I don't think it would be a slam dunk that Paul would leave."

Chryst's offenses averaged 42.9 points per game in his last two seasons at UW.

He made a statement of commitment on the University of Pittsburgh web site on Tuesday.

"I understand the speculation surrounding my name given today's developments. I am committed to the Pitt football program and the University of Pittsburgh. I am focusing all my time and energy on our team's bowl game preparation and recruiting a great group of young men to join our program and this outstanding university. We are working hard every day to re-establish this program and I am excited about the future of Pitt football," said Chryst.

The scramble to replace Bielema is coming because, he believes, Wisconsin didn't expect this move.

"I don't think anybody had an announcement to Arkansas on a Tuesday in their dayplanner.  It caught most everybody around here off guard," explained Lepay.

"Blindsided is the term in the State Journal...that captures the feeling around here as well as across the state."

But when it comes to the business of college football coaching, Lepay understands why Bielema may have made the move.

"In the case of Bielema, he's 42, he's young.   There are a lot of people who will tell you in today's college football, you last 7-10 years in one place, that's probably a good time to look elsewhere, and strike while they iron's hot.  Three straight Big Ten championships, it's an opportunity for Bret.  He must believe he has a better opportunity for winning a national championship down there.  It's a tough division in the SEC."