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Monday, February 27, 2012
Huskers lose aide, Badgers retain one

By Adam Rittenberg

One Big Ten team is losing an assistant, while another managed to retain one.

Three days after saying he's staying at Nebraska, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is headed back home. Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock, meanwhile, reportedly will remain in Madison after considering a jump to the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Multiple outlets report Raymond will return to LSU, his alma mater in the same capacity. Raymond spent only one season with Nebraska after briefly taking a post on Kevin Wilson's new staff at Indiana.

He told the Omaha World-Herald's Sam McKewon on Friday that he wouldn't take the LSU job and didn't plan to even interview for a position.

Raymond played at LSU from 1988-91 before going on to a six-year NFL career. He served on LSU's staff from 2007-10.

Wisconsin lost six assistant coaches from the 2011 staff, an unusually high number when the head coach is retained. Hammock would have been a big loss as he has done a good job tutoring the Badgers' running backs.

Raymond's departure forces Nebraska coach Bo Pelini to act quickly with a replacement. The team opens spring practice March 10. Raymond's departure along with defensive coordinator Carl Pelini's exit means the defensive staff will have a new look under new coordinator John Papuchis.

While it's hard to fault Raymond for heading home, Nebraska fans have the right to feel a bit ticked off after he said he was staying. It's amazing coaches ever criticize recruits for changing their mind.