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Texas Football Hires Former Wisconsin Coach Paul Chryst

NCAA Football: Texas at Baylor

The Texas Longhorns added a new assistant coach to the Steve Sarkisian coaching ranks with the signing of former Wisconsin coach, Paul Chryst as an offensive analyst according to OragneBloods Anwar Richardson.

Sarkisian hired two other coaches alongside Chryst ahead of the 2023 season, with veteran coaches Joe DeCamillis and Payam Saadat joining the Longhorns as assistants to the head coach.


Chryst spent eight years in Madison and lead the Badgers to an overall record of 67-26, with three Big 10 titles, and seven straight bowl games (6-1). Chryst was fired after the fifth game of the 2022 season after starting off 2-3 overall, and 0-2 in conference play. He now joins Sark and the Longhorns in their final season of Big 12 football before Texas transitions to the SEC.

Both Joe DeCamillis and Payam Saadat have long-running backgrounds in coaching as DeCamillis served as a special teams coordinator in the NFL with Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville, and Los Angeles while Saadat spent most of his career as a defensive line coach and coordinator at the FCS level with Portland State, Cal Poly, Army, and Central Washington. 

The three coaches brought in fit different roles under Steve Sarkisian but with each of the three having their own unique skillset with Paul Chryst in offense, Payam Saadat with defense, and special teams with Joe DeCamillis, Sark is filling out his coaching staff with well-rounded coaches.

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