Paul Chryst affirms commitment to Pitt

As soon as the stunning news of Bret Bielema's departure from Wisconsin broke earlier Tuesday, the attention quickly shifted to Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.

The Madison native and former Wisconsin offensive coordinator seems like a natural choice to step into a suddenly shaky situation. He knows the program, knows the players and knows the fan base.

But Chryst released a statement Tuesday night affirming his commitment to Pittsburgh, where he went 6-6 this season.

"I understand the speculation surrounding my name given today's developments," Chryst's statement reads. "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."

So there you have it, for what it's worth. I still think Chryst would listen if Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez calls.