Bruce Feldman reports that Colts OC Pep Hamilton has withdrawn his name from the Vanderbilt head coaching search.
- According to Feldman, Hamilton wants to remain with Colts as their offensive coordinator.
- Feldman adds that Vanderbilt offered Hamilton their head coach job and even had a private plane set to come get him and his family this morning.
- Joe Schad reports that Stanford DC Derek Mason is now the “overwhelming favorite” for the Vanderbilt head coaching job.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Colts OC Pep Hamilton is a candidate for the Vanderbilt head coaching job now that James Franklin has departed for Penn State.
Hamilton joined the Colts just last year after then OC Bruce Arians took the Arizona Cardinals head coaching position. At the time, the idea of adding Hamilton seemed to make sense given that he helped to develop QB Andrew Luck while at Stanford, but Hamilton’s first year in the NFL was rather underwhelming.
Hamilton’s play calling and overall offensive approach seemed to be disjointed and the results also weren’t what many were expecting. Still, the Colts finished No. 15 in total offense, despite losing WR Reggie Wayne for the season.
It will be interesting to see if Hamilton has interest in the job as the Colts shouldn’t have trouble finding candidates to work with Luck.