Hammond, 30, turned his law degree into gigs at an international law firm and later for the counsel for the Department of Defense, for the Department of State and for the National Drug Control Policy at the White House.
His work is very different now that he's in charge of daily recruiting activities and adherence to recruiting legislation for a major football program.
The work ethic is the same.
"Law school teaches you how to take vast amounts of information and disseminate it down to what you need to know," Hammond said. "It teaches you problem solving, brevity in thinking, brevity in writing.
"I went to Northwestern, which is a pretty intensive law program. What I was doing was looking at all this information and then very quickly synthesizing it down and creating a product, creating an answer for something. The training is right there."
Luck, who also hadn't worked in college football before he was hired to be the AD at his alma mater in 2010, has a law degree from Texas.
He was drawn to Hammond's experience with the NCAA the past three years as associate director of amateurism certification and liaison to the Atlantic Coast and Big XII conferences.
"The fact he spent time in law and in the political world really didn't matter to me," Luck said. "What attracted me was he's smart and he spent time working for the NCAA. After meeting him and talking to him, it was obvious he wasn't interested in the legal field. He wanted to get involved with sports. That's why he went to work for the NCAA.
"I like the fact he's young and thinks outside the box. The most important thing he can help us with is making sure we toe the straight and narrow in football. I can't emphasize enough how important it is for us to have zero mistakes with the NCAA now."
WVU's football program is on NCAA probation until July 7, 2013, and has to develop a rules awareness program and submit reports to the NCAA proving the program is obeying all the rules. It can afford no missteps, which is tricky given how easy it is for a coach to send a text or make a phone call or simply say hello to a prospective student-athlete in a manner that breaks recruiting rules.
"I have, I think, a unique perspective where I understand the bylaws that maybe the whistle-and-gym shorts guy may not," Hammond said. "I have the perspective of the everyday work within the NCAA, and now I can take advantage of that knowledge and make the program better from both an NCAA background and an educational background."
It's another nod to the future, something Luck has been focused on since he entered office last summer. The new hires are a new way to adapt to college athletics.
"I think there is so much change coming to college football," Luck said. "You've heard me say this before, but five years, 10 years from now we could be in a completely different world in college football.
"Our recruiting areas are changing based on demographics. Who knows what will happen with all the conference movement, but it isn't over by any stretch of the imagination. You're seeing more neutral-site games. The money is getting bigger and bigger. You need good business practices and smart football people who can change with you."
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