Here is the story:
Still won't use the word "Done Deal" because he has to sign the actual contract and won't do that until Thursday and he could still back out and all that good stuff but for all intents purposes he is hired.
And I am tired so I will be brief for now and tomorrow morning come back with a very comprehensive post.
As I started writing on Monday - Chryst emerged as a strong candidate after his interview and when it became clear that Mario Cristobal was not a unanimous choice among the search committee. The bottom line is a few on the committee weren't sold that Cristobal was the right fit because of his ties to Florida and desire to stay there.
And it also became clear he was not likely to leave FIU despite what he was saying about being willing to listen.
Chryst was first identified because of his coaching pedigree, his experience (pro and college) and the fact that he has put together very good offenses and adapted to his talent. He is not going to win the press conference battle but that's OK - this hire is about finding the right guy to bring this program out of the tailspin.
The new coach wasn't going to win the press conference just because Pitt fans don't want to hear it any more - they don't want to hear grand plans and boasts about anything else. They want a winner, nothing more and nothing less.
We'll find out a lot more about the staff Chryst is likely to put together but it seems like Todd Orlando from FIU (Ironic, isn't it), Joe Rudolph from Wisconsin is a Belle Vernon native and the recruiting coordinator and of course Wisconsin co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge, who was at Pitt under both Walt Harris and Dave Wannstedt.
Partridge and Orlando would be excellent recruiters and would really give this staff a good in with the local prospects.
Again, I'll have much more on all of this in the morning but it has been a long, long day and it is time for me to pass out.