UW football: Hammock staying with Badgers

2012-02-27T20:34:00Z 2012-02-28T00:36:03Z UW football: Hammock staying with BadgersTOM MULHERN | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 | madison.com

After losing six assistant coaches since the end of last season, the last thing University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema probably wanted to do was have to replace another one.

That became a possibility when running backs coach Thomas Hammock interviewed for an opening with the St. Louis Rams.

But Hammock is staying with the Badgers, a UW source said on Monday. That's good news for the Badgers and new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who was Hammock's first position coach and helped recruit him to Northern Illinois.

One of the things Canada said recently he's most excited about with his new job is getting his first chance to coach with Hammock.

"Certainly, Thomas has come on and is a tremendous coach, great recruiter," Canada said. "He's got a great football mind and has unbelieveable ideas. You see every place he's been, the success he's had."

Hammock recently finished his first season on Bielema's staff and is one of only three holdover full-time assistants from last season, along with defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

The UW source declined to address whether Hammock was offered a job by Rams coach Jeff Fisher.

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