After visiting both Wisconsin and Kansas late last week, former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist took several extra days to finalize his transfer destination.
It's pretty clear why Crist waited.
He wanted to know whether Paul Chryst would remain Wisconsin's offensive coordinator in 2012. He learned Thursday it wouldn't be the case, as Chryst has officially been named head coach at Pittsburgh.
Not surprisingly, Crist announced via his Twitter page that he would transfer to Kansas to play his final season. Crist will be reunited at KU with new Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis, who recruited the quarterback to Notre Dame before being fired after the 2009 season.
As one of our Twitter followers pointed out, Wisconsin has had a tough "Crist/Chryst-mas" season already. Yet while Badgers fans hoped Chryst would stay and Crist would transfer, they can't be too shocked with either decision. It was only a matter of time before Chryst became a head coach. While Crist would give Wisconsin another option at the shaky quarterback position, he likely wouldn't replicate what Russell Wilson has done this season after transferring from NC State.
Wisconsin now must move forward at both the offensive coordinator and quarterback positions. Will Bret Bielema replace Chryst with an internal candidate, most likely offensive line coach/run-game coordinator Bob Bostad, or look to the outside?
Bielema said Wisconsin has received a lot of interest from transfer candidates following Wilson's success, so you still could see a quarterback enter the mix. But more than likely the Badgers will be looking at returning players Joel Stave, Joe Brennan, Jon Budmayr and Curt Phillips, as well as decorated incoming freshman Bart Houston. Phillips has had multiple knee injuries and Budmayr missed the 2011 season with an injury to his throwing elbow that flared up in August.
The quarterback position is a major mystery for Wisconsin entering 2012, but the offense still will return some quality pieces.