We know Wisconsin is losing quarterback Scott Tolzien, left tackle Gabe Carimi and several other standout offensive players to graduation.
Will the Badgers also lose the architect of their dominant offense?
We should find out soon. Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst returned to Madison on Tuesday after interviewing with Texas about its offensive coordinator vacancy in Austin. He hasn't said anything yet about his intentions.
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
It’s almost certain Chryst had an offer in hand before departing. Given the way Texas coach Mack Brown has hired coaches in the past, it’s unlikely Chryst and his family would have been flown down without an offer being made.
Given Chryst’s track record and his contentment with his current job, it seems likely he would give UW coach Bret Bielema the chance for a counter offer. Whether the Badgers could do enough to convince Chryst to stay remains to be seen.
It is believed the Longhorns will pay up to $1 million for the right offensive coordinator. Chryst has a compensation package worth $361,094 for the current school year but Bielema and athletic director Barry Alvarez are working on a new deal.
Chryst will get a nice raise if he stays at Wisconsin, but there's no way UW will pay a coordinator $1 million. I can't fault a guy for getting paid, and we know Texas can pay big bucks. Then again, Chryst and his family are in a good situation at Wisconsin, his alma mater.
Chryst didn't have a great Rose Bowl as a play-caller, but he was outstanding for much of the season as Wisconsin put up historic offensive numbers. Although the Badgers don't run a flashy offense, they run a very good one with a very good coach calling the plays.
It would be a big loss if Bielema has to replace Chryst.