Michigan football assistant head coach/pass game coordinator Pep Hamilton is a finalist for the vacant Maryland head coaching position, per a report from The Washington Post.
Hamilton, who came to Michigan from the Cleveland Browns before the start of the 2017 campaign, is one of three candidates who will receive an interview, according to The Post. The other two are Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and current Maryland interim head coach Matt Canada.
The 44-year-old Hamilton is one of Michigan’s highest-paid assistant coaches, receiving a four-year agreement worth a minimum of $4.25 million from the school prior to the start of the 2017 season. His base salary has been $1 million for the last two seasons. He’s scheduled to make $1 million again in 2019 and $1.25 million in 2020.
Hamilton was set to receive a $425,000 retention bonus for staying with Michigan through April of 2018. If he’s at Michigan through April of 2019, his original deal will call for another retention bonus of $250,000.
Michigan’s pass offense, with quarterback Shea Patterson at the helm, did improve significantly from a nightmarish year in 2017.
Patterson was the Big Ten’s second-highest rated quarterback through the 2018 regular season (154.3). He finished the regular season with 2,364 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions with an average of 24.1 attempts per game.
Michigan sophomore wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins also took significant leaps this season, combining to catch 13 touchdowns as a duo.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh does not have a formal offensive coordinator, though he — and other staffers — have insinuated he was as close to a traditional OC as the Wolverines got in 2018. He’s been heavily involved in Michigan’s play-calling the past two seasons, notably with pass concepts.
Hamilton has never been a head coach before. He came to Michigan after one year as the Browns’ assistant head coach. He was the offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts from 2013-15.
Harbaugh originally hired Hamilton as a receivers coach at Stanford in 2010. He went on to serve as David Shaw’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2011-12.
Maryland is searching for a replacement for former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who was fired in October after an investigation surrounding the summer workout-related death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
Hamilton isn’t the only Michigan assistant who has been linked to a job during this year’s version of the coaching carousel. FootballScoop reported Thursday receivers coach Jim McElwain was a candidate for the Central Michigan job.
McElwain, though, has been on the road recruiting for the Wolverines this week. He was in California visiting receiver commit Giles Jackson. He was in Nevada on Thursday visiting Michigan quarterback pledge Cade McNamara.
Michigan (10-2) will find out its bowl destination Sunday.
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