Wisconsin football writer weighs in on what led to Paul Chryst’s firing at Wisconsin
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discussed what led to Paul Chryst’s firing at Wisconsin on ‘McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning’ on Tuesday.
Chryst was fired shortly after Wisconsin’s 34-10 loss to Illinois. Chryst finished his time at Wisconsin with a 67-26 record. He was in that position since the start of the 2015 season.
Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
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In an appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning,” Potrykus weighed in on what caused Chryst to be fired after more than 7 seasons:
“Last year was disappointing, they got off to a tough start. Graham Mertz was the starting quarterback this year,” Potrykus said. “They were 0-2 in the league, 1-3 overall, they rallied and were in a position to play in the B1G title game, but got outplayed thoroughly by Minnesota.”
Potrykus referenced Wisconsin’s disappointing end to the 2021 season and the rough start to the 2022 season. The loss to Illinois proved to be the final straw:
“This year Chryst made changes in the offseason. Gave up offensive coordinator, gave up playcalling all in an effort to get the offense up and running. This hasn’t worked, the offense is stuck in neutral. Defense is struggling a little bit because they lost eight starters. The loss to Illinois is really what shook people at UW, including AD Chris McIntosh.”
With a 2-3 record, Wisconsin will look to bounce back against Northwestern on Saturday.