Georgia hires Wisconsin RB coach Thomas Brown

Mark Richt hasn't waited long to fill his lone coaching vacancy. (USATSI)
Mark Richt hasn't waited long to fill his lone coaching vacancy. (USATSI)

Thomas Brown is coming back to Athens.

The former Georgia running back is returning to his alma mater to become the Bulldogs' new running backs coach, replacing former Georgia wide receivers coach Tony Ball, who left for LSU's staff last Friday. Georgia announced Monday that current running backs coach Bryan McClendon (a former Bulldogs wideout himself) will coach the team's receivers going forward, making room for the 28-year-old Brown.

Brown spent the 2014 season as Wisconsin's running backs coach, helping guide Melvin Gordon to one of the best rushing seasons in FBS history, and was one of two assistants (along with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda) retained by new Badgers coach Paul Chryst. Brown had previously coached running backs at Marshall and UT-Chattanooga.

Brown played for Mark Richt from 2004-07, finishing with 2,646 career rushing yards -- still the seventh-most in Georgia history.

"These moves with two former Georgia teammates will add a great dimension to our offensive coaching staff," Richt said in a statement.

"It brings back a great Bulldog running back in Thomas who has NFL playing experience and has had success as a college coach at multiple schools. He also inherits a position that has been built to an elite level by Bryan. And it gives Bryan the opportunity to return to coaching the position he played and the one where he cut his teeth ... It also provides [McClendon] with a new experience as passing game coordinator."

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