Pitt's Chryst: Wisconsin talk wasn't distraction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst says the talk about him going to Wisconsin didn't last long enough to be a distraction.

Chryst said Thursday he is committed to the Panthers, who play Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5.

The former Badgers offensive coordinator was considered a favorite to replace Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas Tuesday.

Chryst was in Birmingham with Rebels coach Hugh Freeze to promote the bowl. He says the players saw him around and knew he hadn't gone anywhere.

Chryst says he knows what the players have been through with interim coaches for the past two bowl games. He says it was important to reassure them and prospective recruits

Chryst says "the people that we deal with are the most important as a coach."

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