National Signing Day not only saw the Wisconsin Badgers bring in their top recruiting class in the history of the program, but also a big departure inside the program.
CoachingSearch.com first reported and it was later confirmed by head coach Gary Andersen that running backs coach Thomas Hammock will be heading to the NFL to take the same position with the Baltimore Ravens.
Hammock will be replacing Wilbert Montgomery.
It’s a blow to the program for a couple of reasons. For starters everyone knows that Wisconsin has some of the best running backs in the country, mainly due to Hammock. He has been the running back coach to players like Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon and others. He’s a big reason why those guys have had so much success during their tenure with the Badgers.
Another reason why is because Hammock was such a good recruiter. At the time of this post Wednesday afternoon, 247Sports had Hammock as the 16th best recruiter in the Big Ten.
Coach Andersen knows that many people will want this job and wants to get a coach hired quickly:
It’s a job a lot of people are going to want, so we’ll be a little bit patient. We start spring ball a little early, March 7. I’d like to get it done in a week or so.
He also said that Gordon will have some say in the hiring process as well:
Melvin Gordon’s going to be involved in that decision, because he’s been around here for so long and understand what it takes. We’ll let them have a little bit of a say, also. I think that’s important.
A blow to the program yes, but I have no doubt that the man they bring in will do just fine. Like Andersen said it’s a job people want and I’m sure they will get the best of the best to interview.