Paul Chryst: The 45-year-old Wisconsin offensive coordinator could emerge as a serious candidate, if he's interested in leaving his hometown and alma mater. The Rose Bowl-bound Badgers have been an offensive juggernaut this season, with the nation's fourth-best scoring average (43.5). Over the past five years, Wisconsin has averaged more than 30 points and close to 400 yards a game. Chryst was at Oregon State for two seasons (2003-04) when Anderson was the school's assistant athletic director and has connections to Pat Richter, the former Wisconsin AD who Anderson hired as a consultant on the search. I think if Leach's messy departure at Texas Tech and quirky personality become a sticking point, Chryst could be sold to fans, boosters and the administration in College Park. After all, Friedgen had never been a head coach before returning to Maryland in 2000. Chryst, who many in the Big Ten thought was going to become the new Minnesota coach, is not known as a dynamic recruiter, but neither is the man he'd be replacing.