According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Pep Hamilton, offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts is the a leading candidate for the head coaching position at Vanderbilt.
Colts OC Pep Hamilton is a candidate for the Vanderbilt HC job, according to multiple league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2014
Hamilton has experience of the college ranks, having been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Stanford during Andrew Luck’s senior season in 2011. When Bruce Arians left the Colts to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Hamilton was recruited to rejoin luck with the Colts.
In just three years Hamilton has risen from wide receiver coach at Stanford to potential head coaching material. This season Luck threw for 3,822 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions as the Colts won the AFC South.
Much as with coordinators who have worked with Tom Brady (Josh McDaniels, Bill O’Brian, Charlie Weis) and Peyton Manning (Mike McCoy, Jim Caldwell), being either a quarterback coach or offensive coordinator for a team that features Andrew Luck is definitely a good way of getting pushed into head coaching consideration.