Michigan State Announces Hire of Wisconsin Assistant Ted Gilmore

Jake Kocorowski

It appears Wisconsin's coaching staff will have some change on the offensive side of the ball, as Michigan State announced on Friday morning that Ted Gilmore will head to East Lansing to become the Spartans' tight ends coach. 

Gilmore recently finished his fifth season as Wisconsin's wide receivers coach, as he came to Madison when Paul Chryst took over the program starting in 2015.

Gilmore's impact will not only be felt on the field as a coach that could develop players, but he is also a dynamic recruiter that brought in talent to his position group and beyond.

Notable wide receivers that have been coached by Gilmore during his time at UW include Alex Erickson (first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2015), Jazz Peavy, Rob Wheelwright, Quintez Cephus (All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2019), A.J. Taylor, Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor.

Starting during the 2017 season, Gilmore also assumed the title of pass game coordinator for Chryst's offense.

In 2019, Wisconsin's aerial attack averaged 200.1 yards per game. Badgers wide receivers caught 145 of the 246 completions delivered last season, led by Cephus' 59 for 901 yards and seven touchdowns.

Gilmore previously coached the wide receiver position for the NFL's Oakland Raiders from 2012-14 and in the college ranks with Nebraska, Purdue, USC, Colorado, Houston and Wyoming. He previously worked as a tight ends coach at Kansas in 1999.

The longtime college assistant first started his coaching journey as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wyoming, in 1994.

New Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker, a former Wisconsin defensive back from 1990-94, called Gilmore a "true difference maker" in a tweet after the program's announcement.

Stay tuned to AllBadgers.com for more about the situation -- reactions, analysis and more.

Comments (10)
Chansen
Chansen

Big loss. Great coach, recruiter and what’s more a great person that helped develop character and taught players how to be better men. Huge get for Mel Tucker and Michigan St. Any idea who’s on the short list to replace Gilmore?

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Badger6666
Badger6666

Timing was bad, but it's time for an upgrade. I'm guessing Cephus and the wide receiver who transferred to Rutgers weren't that impressed with him, or they would have stayed.

Badger6666
Badger6666

Alex Erickson was a walk on. He recruits low 3 star recruits that no other power 5 schools want. Get real.

Badger6666
Badger6666

Dynamic recruiter? What have you been smoking? Quintez Cephus is the only recruit he has that is even honorable mention big ten caliber.

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Chansen
Chansen

I wish you knew what you were talking about.

Jake Kocorowski
Jake Kocorowski

Editor

According to Rivals and 247Sports' profiles of the following players, he helped recruit Danny Davis, Cephus, A.J. Taylor, and Kendric Pryor at wide receiver (Davis and Taylor both were four-star players by at least one recruiting service); Not to mention, he was a key figure in defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk's process (a diamond in the rough who has turned out to be a big time defensive end) and getting running back Nakia Watson, too.

Badger2001
Badger2001

Ted Gilmore built the probably the most talented WR room Wisconsin has ever had


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