Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst doesn’t use social, but he has several alter egos on Twitter. There’s Evil Paul Chryst, Fake Paul Chryst and Body of Chryst, all of which are run by random people.
Other coaches in the Big Ten have and use real Twitter accounts, but Chryst does not. It’s simply not in his personality to do so.
But it is something he considers.
“It is,” Chryst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Because it’s not your personality, you don’t want to be cheating the program some way, but I didn’t want someone else to run it. If it’s got my name on it, I want to have ownership of it and there was no way I was going to take the time. I think the worst part would have been to start one and then there’s nothing happening with it. Everyone tells you, ‘Well, this person can run it. Wisconsin football has an account.’ I just wasn’t up for doing it not the right way. I really don’t miss (anything by not being on social media). I feel like I’m not shortchanging the world by not having one. I think the world’s a better place because I don’t.”
While that could be debated, one thing is for certain: Wisconsin has been a better program because of Chryst, who has guided the No. 11 Badgers (5-2) through one of the toughest schedules in recent memory. The Badgers have beaten LSU, Michigan State and Iowa. Their only losses came against then-No. 4 Michigan and then-No. 2 Ohio State – both by a touchdown.
Oddly enough, the Badgers’ closest win, outside of LSU, came against Georgia State, with Wisconsin winning 23-17 on Sept. 17.
“Every week you feel like you got to play your best,” Chryst said of his team’s schedule. “Georgia State, it was a great example for our kids that every week you got to make the most of it and be as prepared as you can. That’s why you play the game. You don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think the kids have done a great job of just kind of being in the moment of the week and taking advantage of opportunities. Opportunities come through big challenges. They’ve faced them and it’s been a fun team to be around. We’ve obviously got things we got to get better at, but we’ve done some good things to give us a chance. We’ve got another big challenge this week, but that’s also a great opportunity for us.”
The Badgers host No. 7 Nebraska (7-0) this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.