Three Big Ten assistants already have landed head-coaching jobs this season, and the carousel isn't done spinning just yet.
Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst both are being mentioned for the vacancy at Pittsburgh, which fired Mike Haywood on Saturday. Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez isn't in the mix at Pitt, colleague Joe Schad reports.
Bradley is drawing a lot more interest now than in Pitt's previous coaching search last month, when he didn't even get an interview. The longtime Penn State assistant has a ton of connections to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. He also would bring character and integrity to the job, which Pitt needs after the Haywood humiliation. Pitt's chancellor is much more involved in this search, and he reportedly has interest in Bradley.
Chryst had a tremendous season with Wisconsin's record-setting offense and certainly boasts the credentials to become a head coach. Texas wants him to run its offense, and Wisconsin will try to keep its alum in Madison. Those aren't his only two options, though.
Pitt would be a good spot for Chryst, whose power-oriented offense offense would go over well in the Steel City.
Both assistants would be significant losses for their respective programs, but you couldn't blame either guy for moving on to a top job.