As Maryland searches for its next head coach, it may have a “wild card” candidate in Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, according to FOX Sports college football insider Bruce Feldman.
Feldman, during a radio interview on ESPN 980 Thursday, brought up Hamilton’s name after rattling off a list of mid-major possibilities that included Bowling Green’s Dino Babers and Memphis’ Justin Fuente.
Hamilton has local connections, including playing quarterback at Howard University and, according to Feldman, having family in the area. Before coming to Indianapolis, Hamilton was the offensive coordinator at Stanford.
At both stops, he worked with and helped to develop quarterback Andrew Luck.
“I think that job would intrigue him and he is a guy who I think would bring a lot of energy as a new head coach, an offensive guy,” Feldman said.
“Obviously, he’s been around a lot of good football. Being from the David Shaw [Stanford] coaching tree is not a bad thing and obviously the NFL ties is certainly not. I could see him being a factor in this before it’s all said and done.”
The situation could be shifting in Indianapolis, too. The Colts are 3-2 and set to face New England this weekend on top of the fact that there is reportedly friction between head coach Chuck Pagano and the front office.
Pagano was offered a one-year extension to stay with the team in the offseason but declined it. He is now in the final year of his contract.
Maryland has laid out over the past week the types of characteristics it wants in its next head coach. President Wallace Loh said he wants an “outsized” personality. Athletic director Kevin Anderson wants a coach who runs a “wide-open” offense.
“I think they got to go offense because you just had kind of this listless presence [in former head coach Randy Edsall], known as a defensive guy,” Feldman said on 980. “I think it wasn’t working out and I think they realize they need a jolt.”