Pitt coach Paul Chryst downplays Wisconsin buzz

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh football coach Paul Chryst understands why his name popped up as a candidate for the open job at Wisconsin.

Chryst said Friday job speculation is "a natural part of the profession." Chryst is from Madison, Wis., and both played and coached for the Badgers before taking over at Pitt last December. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week it wouldn't be right for Chryst to leave the Panthers after just one season, though the Wisconsin job remains vacant for the moment.

The Panthers have gone through four coaches in the last two years and sophomore offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings said he doesn't want to think about going through the process again.

Pitt (6-6) will play Mississippi (6-6) in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5.