It was Katy Chryst, the 18-year-old daughter of University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who may have best summed up the whirlwind her family went through over the previous 48 hours.

Her dad was introduced as the new head coach at Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon, and the whole family was there, including her mom, Robin, and younger siblings JoJo (16) and Danny (14).

"I was talking to Katy, I don't know if it was last night or this morning," Paul Chryst said. "Just asked her how we're doing. She said, 'You know what? It's an adventure.' To her, that's a good thing. Fortunately, you don't have to do this adventure alone."

Chryst was certainly not alone, surrounded by family members on the momentous day — his mom, Patty, was in attendance, along with his brother Rick — as well as the memories of the people who helped make it possible.

"Things that attract me to this job are things I appreciate," Chryst said, mentioning the love for football in the city. "Paul Chryst is not really complicated. You'll find that out.

"My family matters, I take pride in doing the best I can as a coach. You want the players to have a great experience. These players have a small window, their time, you want them to be able to experience the best of everything."

The long wait for the 46-year-old Chryst to become a head coach was finally over, but not without a few anxious moments over the past few days.

He interviewed with Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson on Saturday, then had to sit through long days while most of the media speculation out of Pittsburgh centered on Florida International coach Mario Cristobal.

"You get so much misinformation, (thinking), 'There's no way in the heck it's going to happen,'" said Chryst, who was offered the job Wednesday afternoon. "In fact, we have still yet to sit down as a family and talk about it, so I hope you guys are all right with what we did."

Actually, Chryst was joking to his family, but it was an indication of how fast things moved in the past few days.

Chryst got a strong push from UW athletic director Barry Alvarez and Pederson talked to several people, including UW men's basketball coach Bo Ryan.

"We certainly had a lot of tremendous people telling us all the same things," Pederson said.

When Chryst arrived in Pittsburgh on Thursday, the first thing he did was talk to the current Pitt players. Running back Zach Brown, who transferred from UW, introduced Chryst.

"It's a great way for a very fine man to start with our program, someone who I believe, absolutely puts his players first," Pederson said.

That was evident at the news conference, with Chryst preferring to talk about the people around him, more than himself.

He began with his coaching mentors, leading with his late father, George Chryst, who played and coached at UW in addition to tenures as the football coach and athletic director at Madison Edgewood High School and UW-Platteville.

"It started off with my dad, an unbelievable coach," said Chryst, who became emotional when talking about his dad. "I think from him I've learned the love and respect of the game. Thank God that has stuck with me."

From Alvarez, Chryst said he learned, "how to run a program. An unbelievable big-picture guy. From Barry I learned things I couldn't have learned anywhere else, maybe because I was more ready to learn those things."

He also realized, after turning down other opportunities in the past, this was the right time and right place.

"I never have had the sole desire that I wanted to be a head coach, add that on my title," he said. "I wanted to be a head coach if the situation was right, if it was a place you could believe in ... if you didn't have to compromise who you are, what you believed in. That's what got me excited."

Chryst made no bold predictions for the future, preferring to let his actions speak for him.

"It's really shallow if you announce what you're going to do," he said. "Your actions have to prove it."

But mostly, Chryst wanted to talk about how important his players are to him.

"It meant a lot to have Zach introduce me," he said. "I am here, in front of everyone, because of many great players I've had the opportunity to be around, because you don't get in a position like this if you don't have success."

He still feels strongly about his players at UW, too, which is why he never thought for a second about not coaching in the upcoming Rose Bowl game.

"It was an easy decision," he said. "In fact, there was no decision. You weren't put in a compromised position. I'm really grateful for that. It's a heck of an opportunity and a challenge. You want to finish it out with your guys, absolutely."

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