Wisconsin's Paul Chryst debunks Texas talk

LOS ANGELES -- Informed Tuesday that he's a finalist for Texas' offensive coordinator vacancy, Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst smiled and laughed.

This was news to him.

"There really is a lot more buzz than actual [truth]," Chryst said. "It's pretty nice right now to just hone in on our business."

Chryst, who oversees one of the nation's top offenses in Madison, had been mentioned as a candidate to succeed Greg Davis with the Longhorns. The 45-year-old is in his sixth season as offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, where he played in the 1980s and served as tight ends coach in 2002.

Chryst is the Big Ten's second highest-paid assistant (total compensation: $361,094, maximum bonus: $122,500) behind Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. Chryst likely will receive a healthy raise after the season if he chooses to stay, although Texas has deep pockets, paying Davis $477,084 this season (maximum bonus of $56,393).

"I'm pretty lucky," Chryst said. "Wisconsin isn't unique to this, but the players are fun to be around. We're not always having laughs and giggles, but I appreciate [them] a ton. They work, they want to be good. They're willing to do what you ask.

"I work with a group of guys on the offensive side of the ball that I truly enjoy being around and are really good football coaches. I appreciate what Bret [Bielema] has done and allowed us to do."

Money certainly talks, but I'd be surprised if Chryst leaves Wisconsin, where he and his family are very comfortable. He wants to be a head coach and interviewed with Minnesota for its vacancy, but until he lands a top job, he'll likely remain at Wisconsin or look to the NFL.