Wisconsin loses RBs coach Thomas Brown to Georgia

As far as position coach jobs go, you'd think one of the greatest ones to have in this country is overseeing running backs at Wisconsin.

You get to work with a seemingly never-ending supply of supremely talented backs -- Melvin Gordon, Corey Clement, James White and Montee Ball in just the past three years alone -- and you know your guys will always have room to run behind a massive offensive line.

But the Badgers have had all sorts of trouble keeping coaches in town for long, and now they have got an opening for this plum job. Thomas Brown, who tutored Gordon to his record-breaking season in 2014, has left after just one season to take the running backs job at Georgia.

Wisconsin fans shouldn't feel that bad about this departure. Georgia is Brown's alma mater; he ran for more than 2,600 yards during his career with the Bulldogs, and he's from the Peach State as well. The lure of home is a hard one for anyone to ignore.

Georgia might have been one of the few college position jobs that could have swayed Brown to leave. The previous two Badgers running backs coaches -- Thomas Hammock and John Settle -- left for NFL jobs. Settle, who reunited with Paul Chryst at Pitt in 2014 after stints with the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns, is the most likely choice to succeed Brown. He has a sterling track record, and he would do a great job if he returned to that role.

Brown is the second high-profile position coach to leave a Big Ten team for a program in the South in the past week. He and Charlton Warren, who departed Nebraska's staff to go work for North Carolina, are coincidentally both from Georgia. They are also both highly regarded, up-and-coming young coaches who have great reputations as recruiters and can work the Southeast. It's hard to overstate how important guys like that are for Big Ten teams, as league schools need to continue making inroads in places like Georgia and Florida to compete at the highest levels.

Brown's move makes far more sense than Warren's, especially given the highly uncertain future for North Carolina's entire football program. But Big Ten teams must continue to find good young coaches of their caliber who can recruit. And then do everything they can to keep them around a little longer.