Why Pep Hamilton is a worthy head-coaching candidate
It seems as if a new college head football coaching job opens by the day. With Texas A&M firing Mike Sherman Thursday night it leaves a number of quality head coaching jobs open.
In the Pac-12 there is UCLA and Arizona St, while the Big Ten has Illinois and Penn State. The ACC has the North Carolina job open and in the SEC there is Ole Miss. That’s just a few, as we could also add Kansas, Memphis and Akron.
Every time a job opens we hear the same names. Until Wednesday when Washington State hired Mike Leach we heard his name for every job. The other names we constantly hear are Kevin Sumlin, the current coach at Houston; Paul Chryst, the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin; Chris Petersen, the Boise State head coach; Charlie Strong, the Louisville head coach; and Butch Jones, the head coach at Cincinnati. Of course, all of these men are worthy candidates but many of them have no interest in leaving their current jobs (Petersen for one).
Let me throw out another name, and it’s a name that I have yet to see this year as a possible candidate for a head coaching position: Pep Hamilton, the offensive coordinator at Stanford. Why shouldn’t he be a candidate? He only coaches the best NFL quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning. Stanford has one of the most complex offenses in college football and it’s more complex than many in the NFL.
This year is the first year that Hamilton has had control of an offense, but he has a strong resume including seven years as a quarterbacks coach in the NFL with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. Last year he was the receivers coach at Stanford. He has worked with some people who are considered strong offensive coaches such as Paul Hackett, Norv Turner , Ron Turner and Jim Harbaugh. I worked with him for three years and I know his character, his preparation and his attention to detail. He is very organized and works extremely well with his players. He is a good teacher and a good motivator and best of all, he is a quality person.
I have worked countless hours with Hamilton during the draft process and I know firsthand how dedicated he is and how he always is looking to learn more. He has a strong passion for the game and wants to be the best. Am I pumping up Pep Hamilton? You’re darn right, but I wouldn’t do it unless I felt he was a worthy candidate for some of these head coaching positions.
I’ve been in this game a long time, and I think I know who has the makeup to be a strong coach. He is as good a candidate if not better than many of the coaches we have read about the last few weeks.