This observer can't remember a crazier, more dramatic 2-month span of recruiting and coaching moving and shaking than what the University of Georgia just experienced. If today's breaking, then un-breaking, then re-breaking news was the final act of the silly season, it was a heckuva way to drop the curtain. The dust has apparently settled and Georgia has found their new running backs coach: Thomas Brown is coming home.
Earlier this morning, Chip Towers of the
Atlanta Bird Cage Liner Journal-Constitution announced that Georgia had lured away Lance Taylor from Stanford to be the new receivers coach. This seemed like a plausible and natural fit: Taylor had ties to Georgia's new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and is a rising star among coaches at his position. Georgia had an immediate vacancy that needed to be filled. It was until it wasn't.
Now it appears that former Georgia running back Thomas Brown will be returning to his alma mater. Brown had coached at Wisconsin the last 2 seasons and played a big part in the successes of Wisconsin's 2500-yard rusher, Melvin Gordon.
With the addition of Brown, Bryan McClendon will now become the "passing game coordinator," sliding over to coach receivers - like Brown - at the position McClendon played at Georgia. Brown and McClendon were teammates, too. Chemistry, anyone?
What do we have with Thomas Brown? Where do I begin? Georgia not only gets a proven coach, but a recruiter with ties to the Atlanta area having played his high school ball at Tucker. Coach Brown (nice ring to it, huh?) was a workout warrior at Georgia and will inherit perhaps the most elite corps of running backs in the nation. He brings to the table his prior Georgia experience, some brief NFL experience, solid major college coaching experience and an unparalleled work ethic.
#UGA OL signee Sam Madden on the hiring of Thomas Brown, who had recruited him to Wisconsin: "Words can't describe how pumped I am!!"— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) February 16, 2015
This is a great thing, Dawg Nation. Rejoice!