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Pitt athletic community stays positive in light of Chryst's departure

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Pittsburgh, PA (WKOW) -- Chryst's announcement to leave Pittsburgh brings back a process that the university has been all too familiar with -- finding a new head coach.  However, that isn't the only job opening in the athletic department. 

Since Dave Wannstedt was let go in 2010, this is the fourth time the Panthers are on the prowl for a football coach.  After the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor, Patrick Gallagher, released a statement on Chryst's move to Wisconsin, reading in part, "On behalf of the entire Pitt community, I would like to thank Paul Chryst for his efforts the past three years. He leaves the program with a strong foundation for the future success, both on and off the field," he announced that the university would be letting go Athletic Director, Steve Pederson, in what he called a mutual agreement. 

Despite two main faces in the athletic department leaving the school, head basketball coach Jamie Dixon is staying positive, telling media outlets, "Pitt will be fine.  Pitt will continue to battle and improve and get better. We have great leadership here.  I'm excited about the future." 

Others from the Pittsburgh athletic community took to social media.  Panther's defensive tackle, Connor Dintino, tweeted "Best of luck to Coach Chryst and his family in Wisconsin.  You'll be missed here." 

Chryst had three seasons as Panthers football head coach, all ending with a 6-6 record. 

As far as who will take replace Chryst in Pittsburgh, former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, Greg Schiano, is receiving buzz.  One media outlet reports the university has already had contact with Schiano.  

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