Former special assistant Paul Chryst leaves Texas

The former Wisconsin and Pitt head coach was recently seen without any Texas gear on at Packers OTAs.
Paul Chryst
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Inside Texas reported on June 6 that former Texas football special assistant to the head coach Paul Chryst has left the program. Chryst was hired to be a special assistant to the head coach by Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian in 2023.

All three Texas football special assistants, including Paul Chryst, have left the program

Chryst helped the Longhorns with personnel and game-planning duties on the offensive side of the ball last year as a special assistant. Texas hired him after he was let go by the Wisconsin Badgers during the 2022 campaign.

Before Texas hired him last year, Chryst served as Wisconsin's head coach from 2015 to 2022. He was also the head coach of the Pitt Panthers from 2012 to 2014 before he was hired for the same role with the Badgers ahead of the 2015 season.

This report form Inside Texas points out that Chryst was recently seen with Texas special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks at OTAs for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. Texas offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Kyle Flood was also at OTAs with Banks and Chryst last month.

Texas's three special assistant to the head coach hires from 2023 have all moved on to different roles elsewhere. Former Texas S/T special assistant Joe DeCamillis was hired by head coach Shane Beamer to be the new special teams coordinator with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Former Texas defensive special assistant Payam Saadat left his post with the Longhorns to be the Nevada Wolfpack's defensive line coach and associate head coach with Jeff Choate. The former Texas co-DC/LB coach Choate was hired to be Nevada's new head coach early this offseason.

Texas had a great year in 2023 with Chryst on staff as an offensive special assistant. The Longhorns finished the 2023 season with a record of 12-2 (9-1 Big 12), including the program's first appearance in the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 Championship in the final year before leaving for the SEC.

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