Wisconsin announced the hire on Thursday of the former Dallas Cowboys coach Gary Brown, and he will be returning to football after a one-year off due to health-related issues and taking the same position.
Gary Brown coached the Cowboy's running backs from 2013-19 while working on a staff headed by Jason Garrett; Jason was asked to leave after the 2019 season.
Brown spent most of 2020 out of the game and coaching while unfortunately battled cancer, but he is back and stronger than ever.
He now moved into the college ranks and has taken over for John Settle, who left to become Kentucky's running backs coach.
Brown made a statement saying:
I'm excited about being part of the Badger family because of the tradition that's been established over the years, they're one of the best programs in the Big Ten, and obviously, they like to run the ball and run it very well.
Brown coached two NFL single-season rushing leaders: DeMarco Murray (2014) and Ezekiel Elliott (2016 and 2018), and the Cowboys gained at least 4 ½ yards per carrying in each of his seven seasons during his stint with the Cowboys.
Brown arrived at Dallas after spending four impressive seasons as the Cleveland Browns running backs coach. The 1991 eighth-round draft pick from Penn State rushed for 4,300 yards during an NFL playing career that included stops with the Houston Oilers (1991-95), San Diego Chargers (1997), and New York Giants(1998-99). He was a running backs coach at Rutgers in 2008.
Wisconsin's spring schedule has been confirmed and is due to start practice on Tuesday