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Chryst Gains Fans In Newport

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First-year head coach Paul Chryst earned a lot of fans at his first conference media day with his humble demeanor and obvious love for teaching the game. Those of us who have the privilege of working closely with him see yet another side, including a sharp sense of humor and genuine attentiveness to those he comes in contact with. Word of Chryst around Newport is spreading fast.

"He seems like the kind of guy that Pitt needs ," said ESPN.com senior writer Ivan Maisel.

"Paul is extremely comfortable in his own skin," Maisel continued. "I think that radiates off of him and it is that comfort level and self-confidence that I would assume a team that has been though this (coaching transition) needs."

Pitt players in attendance at Big East media day agree that Chryst is exactly what the Panthers need.

"He's a great guy," said junior defensive tackle Aaron Donald. "Just being around him, I enjoy him a lot. He's a funny guy but when it comes down to it he's all business. He really is such a great guy."

"He has such a good personality," said senior running back Ray Graham. "He always has jokes for us. You always get a good laugh from him. But what's also important is that he's very reasonable and understanding."

Pitt fans are going to have plenty of opportunities to get to know Coach Chryst, and his humor, early this season as we follow him and the Panthers through training camp on Pitt Live Wire.

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