UW football: Hammock interviews with Rams

2012-02-26T23:34:00Z 2012-02-27T13:19:40Z UW football: Hammock interviews with RamsTom Mulhern | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 | madison.com

University of Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock has interviewed for a job with the St. Louis Rams, a UW source confirmed. 

Coachingsearch.com, which first reported the news, indicated the interview went "very well" and said a decision could be made in the next 48 hours. The UW source said Rams coach Jeff Fisher wanted a decision by Monday. 

Hammock is one of only three remaining assistant coaches on UW coach Bret Bielema's staff from last season, along with defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

Bielema said on signing day Hammock had been courted for other jobs, but turned them down.

"I can't say enough about Thomas," Bielema said. "Thomas had some opportunities to leave and didn't. Thomas stayed the course. I think (running back) Montee Ball had something to do with that as well. I think (Hammock) is going to coach a pretty good player next year."

Hammock, who just completed his first season on Bielema's staff, said at the time it would take "something truly special for me to leave."

"Like I tell recruits, 'What better place is there for a running back than Wisconsin?' " Hammock said at the time. "I feel the same way as a coach. What better place for a running back coach than Wisconsin?"

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