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Chryst discusses academic standards

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He was hired back in December, but here in July, Paul Chryst made his debut at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago as Wisconsin's new head coach.
As you can imagine, Chryst was asked a lot of football questions but inquiries about the program's academic standards held a big part in the conversations too.

Coach Chryst likely came in expecting mostly football questions. The focus quickly turned after former Badger recruit Jordan Stevenson tweeted he will now be attending division rival Nebraska in the fall. The talented running back was recently rejected by the University of Wisconsin after not qualifying academically.
This incident re-opens the conversation on whether the academic standards are just too high. Chryst said he would chalk this up as a learning experience.


"How can we learn from this? That's the bottom line. You're always worried about the person. I believe everyone wants to do what's best for the university. I think this gives us an opportunity to take this, and I say learn from it, but use it as an example. Going forward, that's what I hope we take from it."


Athletic director Barry Alvarez also said he's hoping he can help change the academic appeals process to better help the coaches get involved because they are in fact the ones who know these athletes and their backgrounds on a personal level.

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