Where things stand with Chryst

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Since we've hit sort of a lull in the whirlwind, here's a brief recap of where things stand regarding Paul Chryst potentially leaving Pitt for the Wisconsin head coaching job.

Late last night, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Chryst was "poised" to become the Badgers' next head coach. The paper reported that Chryst and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez met Thursday in Florida to discuss the Badgers' vacancy, and that all signs were pointing towards Chryst taking the job.

Chryst met with Pitt chancellor Patrick Gallagher earlier today and, while the specifics of the meeting are still unclear, a source told the Post-Gazette that Chryst has indicated that he would accept the Wisconsin job if offered. Now, that last part's the key, because Wisconsin is not legally allowed to offer Chryst the job until Wednesday, and Alvarez put out a statement today to that effect.

Pitt held its first bowl practice this afternoon, and Chryst was present. He met with the team beforehand but, according to a source, apparently did not inform the players of any final decision regarding the Wisconsin job. Chryst declined to speak with reporters following the practice session.

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About the Flames - 12-12-14

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A preview of the Flames.

When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, SportsNet West, TVA2.

Record: 17-11-2, 36 points. The Flames are in third place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Defenseman Mark Giordano (right), 30 points (8 goals, 22 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 road loss to the Sabres Thursday. Goaltender Karri Ramo made 15 saves for the Flames.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 home loss, Jan. 11. Goaltender Reto Berra made 24 saves for the Flames.

Flames Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Giordano. He has a six-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Flames: Deryk Engelland, defenseman.

Ex-Flames on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, associate general manager; Blake Comeau, left winger.

Useless Flames Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Engelland has the third-most career penalty minutes among defensemen in the history of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 405. Only David Koci (770) and Ross Lupuschuk (433) had more.

The last time the Flames played the Penguins, this happened:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (15-4-2, 2.16 GAA, .925 SV%) for the Penguins. Jonas Hiller (9-7-1, 2.47 GAA, .914 SV%) for the Flames.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (illness), right winger Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) and defenseman Kris Letang (groin) are probable. Defenseman Olli Maatta (undisclosed) is out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (knee), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), left winger Chris Kunitz (foot) and center Scott Wilson (leg) are on injured reserve. For the Flames, center Mikael Backlund ("upper body") is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins held an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings:

13 Nick Spaling - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
71 Evgeni Malkin - 16 Brandon Sutter - 17 Blake Comeau
20 Rob Klinkhammer - 57 Marcel Goc - 23 Steve Downie
38 Zach Sill - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 27 Craig Adams

58 Kris Letang - 7 Paul Martin
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
4 Rob Scuderi - 47 Simon Despres

-According to the team's Web site, the Flames' lines and defensive pairings are expected to be:

8 Joe Colborne - 23 Sean Monathan - 32 Paul Byron
13 Johnny Gaudreau - 60 Markus Granlund - 24 Jiri Hudler
20 Curtis Glencross - 86 Josh Jooris - 19 David Jones
25 Brandon Bollig - 18 Matt Stajan - 21 Mason Raymond

5 Mark Giordan - 7 T.J. Brodie
4 Kris Russell - 6 Dennis Wideman
15 Ladislav Smid - 29 Deryk Engelland


-A day after skipping practice due to feeling sick, Crosby spoke with the media after today's morning skate. His face looked ... different:

-His media scrum:

-Mike Johnston was directly asked if Crosby had the mumps. He replied:

"As far as Sid goes, he was checked out by the doctors yesterday. And I believe, as I mentioned, that our whole team has gone through some blood tests just to make sure everyone is taking precautions with the mumps, the scare around the league. So from my perspective, just talking to the doctors, they didn't mention anything like that. They just said he was cleared to play."

-Engelland has 49 career points.

-Hudler has 197 career assists.

-The referees are Chris Rooney (No. 5) and Tom Chmielewski (No. 43). The linesmen are Michel Cormier (No. 76) and Kiel Murchison (No. 79).

-Our live blog begins at 6 p.m.. Please tune in.

(Photo: Giordano-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)


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Live PIAA football championship blog - Clairton upended by Bishop Guilfoyle, 19-18

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Live blog from today's PIAA championships. Clairton plays Bishop Guilfoyle at 1 p.m. and Central Valley meets Archbishop Wood at 7.


James Hines caught what looked like a TD pass, but was out of end zone on fourth-down play. Bishop Guilfoyle wins!!!!!!

Ugly, horrible finish for Clairton. A small skirmish and Clairton's team rushes the field. Clairton did not look good. One Clairton player threw his helmet at Guilfoyle players.

3:35 Clairton's Lamont Wade has set a new WPIAL single-season rushing record, breaking Rushel Shell's mark of 2,740 yards, set in 2009.

3:30 Gigantic play. Jyleel Hall intercepts a pass at midfield. Clairton takes over at BG 46. Four minutes left.

3:25 Fourth and 13, Clairton goes for it. Pass to Mathews gains only 11. BG ball with 7:14 left.

3:20 Three and out for Guilfoyle. Clairton takes over with 9:20 left.


Finally, a big play by Clairton. Lamont Wade 64-yard run for a touchdown. But the run by Harrison Dreher for two-point conversion failed. 10 minutes left.


3:07 Sam McCloskey scores on 23-yard run. PAT no good. Clairton trailing Bishop Guilfoyle with 40 seconds left in third.

3:04 Fourth and two, Bishop Guilfoyle gets first down on a 35-yard run.

3:01 Fourth-and-four for Clairton, and BG comes up with a sack. BG takes over ball at own 30 with 3:03 left in the third.

2:59 Clairton converts on fourth-and-2. Now inside BG 25 with 4:30 left in half.

2:51 Fourth down. Big stop for Clairton on fourth-and-two.

2:49 Bishop Guilfoyle now at Clairton 10-yard line. Fourth down.


First-half stats: Lamont Wade 72 yards on 16 carries. Ryan Williams 10 of 15 passes for 103 yards. Brandon Chadbourn 10 carries for 52 yards for BG. He also is 5 of 5 for 85 yards.

Penalties have hurt Clairton. Penalized seven times for 76 yards.

This is a totally new feeling for Clairton. This is the first time all season that Clairton has trailed at halftime.

2:14 Clairton on move with passing and running of Ryan Williams. But Guilfoyle's Aaron Yasulitis intercepts a pass in end zone to kill the threat. 1:11 left in half.


Marauders take lead when Brandon Chadbourn goes 13 yards on QB keeper. PAT good.

2:05 Bishop Guilfoyle on the move again. Screen pass gains a lot of yards.


Aaron Mathews, former quarterback, takes end-around pass and throws downfield. Lamont Wade fights off two defenders, catches ball and completes 61-yard TD play.

1:57 Penalties really hurting Clairton.


Sam McCloskey sneaks out of the backfield and catches 23-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Chadbourn. PAT kick failed miserably. Short. Looked like 7th grader kicking it. Anyway, we're all tied.

1:50 Bishop Guilfoyle now moving. A personal foul and a pass interference penalty on Clairton has helped.


Terrific catch by 6-6 receiver Aaron Mathews. 20-yard TD pass from Ryan Williams. Mathews makes great catch between two defenders. Two-point conversion pass no good.


Clairton driving. First down at BG 20. Only a matter of time before Clairton breaks big play. But to be scoreless after one quarter is a victory for BG.

1:26 Game not even five minutes old and Clairton already has used its three timeouts.

1:24 Clairton punts. Guilfoyle takes over at own 24. 

1:21 Clairton got a first down inside the 20 on a fourth-down play, but a holding penalty brings it back.

1:18 Guilfoyle jumps offside on fourth down. Clairton drive continues.

1:16 - Clairton goes three and out on first possession. Guilfoyle returns punt inside the 10, but a penalty will bring it back and Clairton will kick again.



Hershey Clairton


Clairton has to be the favorite for this game. I've heard a lot about Bishop Guilfoyle's defense, but the Marauders have allowed 21 points in each of the past two games. And I bet they have seen nothing close to Clairton's team speed.

Guilfoyle does have some nice-sized lineman. We'll see if playing power football will work.

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Empty Netter Assists - 12-12-14

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-Welcome back Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist (above) .. maybe tonight?

-Forget his goals. Where have Sidney Crosby's goals gone?

-The Penguins have taken steps to prevent their players from getting the mumps.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Hornqvist speaks:

-How serious are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Bobby Farnham's chances of being called up to the NHL?

-Today would've been the 63rd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Steve Durbano. Acquired midway through the 1973-74 season along with Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly in a deal which sent Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and a draft pick to the Blues, "Mental Case" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1973-74 by appearing in 33 games for the Penguins and scoring 18 points while accumulating 138 penalty minutes. In 1974-75, Durbano was limited to one game, one assist and 10 penalty minutes due to a wrist injury. After 32 games, eight assists and a team-leading 161 penalty minutes, Durbano was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with Chuck Arnason and a draft pick for for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and a draft pick. In 66 regular season games with the Penguins, Durbano scored 27 points and recorded 309 penalty minutes. Durbano died Nov. 16, 2002 at the age of 50.

-After the Jump: Bobby Ryan scores a goal of the year candidate.

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Report: Chryst "poised" to take Wisconsin job

Written by Sam Werner on .

Just one day after Gary Andersen's departure for Oregon State, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Pitt coach Paul Chryst is "poised" to take the Wisconsin head coaching job.

This obviously would not come as a huge surprise, as Chryst's name has been thrown around as a candidate for this job since it came open Wednesday evening.

Chryst has not returned phone calls seeking comment, and the only information out of Pitt is the following statement, released by a team spokesman:

"It is our practice not to comment on the personnel searches of other institutions. Paul Chryst is the University of Pittsburgh's head coach, has been recruiting all week on behalf of the program, and will begin preparations for Pitt's bowl game this weekend."

That statement doesn't say a whole lot, and we'll keep a close eye on this situation as it develops.


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