Monday, January 16, 2012
Pep Hamilton to Alabama?
By Kevin Gemmell
Alabama has contacted Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton about taking the same job with the Crimson Tide, a source close to Hamilton has confirmed.
Through a Stanford spokesperson, Hamilton declined comment, though the source said that only contact has been made and no interview has been scheduled. The source did not indicate whether the interest was mutual.
Alabama is looking to replace Jim McElwain, who is leaving to become the head coach at Colorado State.
Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has also been linked to the position and is reportedly the favorite.
Hamilton joined the Stanford staff in 2010 as the wide receivers coach before assuming offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach duties this past season in David Shaw's first year as head coach. He spent the previous decade working with several NFL teams on the offensive side of the ball — specifically as a quarterbacks coach.
Hamilton is one of the architects of Stanford's current offensive scheme that ranked eighth nationally in total offense and seventh in scoring offense this past season. On more than one occasion, Shaw has referred to Hamilton as a "guru" when it comes to red-zone play calling. The Cardinal led the nation in red-zone efficiency this past year, scoring on 67-of-69 trips (97 percent) inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
"He's a great person and a great offensive mind," the source said. "He's going to make a great head coach someday."
Alex Scarborough, who covers Alabama for ESPN.com's Tide Nation contributed to this report.