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Report: Michigan’s Pep Hamilton a finalist for Maryland coaching job

Another Michigan football assistant is up for a head coaching job.

Pep Hamilton, Michigan’s assistant head coach and passing-game coordinator, is a finalist for the job at Maryland, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Hamilton is one of three finalists expected to interview on Sunday, joining interim head coach Matt Canada and Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

He joins wide receivers coach Jim McElwain, who is reportedly a “strong” candidate for the head coaching job at Central Michigan.

Hamilton, 44, has spent the past two seasons on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan, both as assistant head coach and in charge of the passing game. His every-day duties include working directly with Michigan’s quarterbacks, and he is believed to have had heavy influence in the play calling.

This is not the first time Hamilton’s name has come with regard to open coaching jobs, either. Last fall, Hamilton was reportedly a candidate for the head-coaching jobs at Mississippi State and Arizona State, and earlier this year a coaching job with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. He has never been a head coach.

Hamilton has extensive coaching experience prior to Michigan, serving as associate head coach for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 2016 and offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 2013-15. He was also wide receivers coach at Stanford in 2010, under Harbaugh.

Maryland is without a head coach after the school fired D.J. Durkin on Nov. 1, days after the school president reinstated Durkin following a lengthy investigation into the death of player Jordan McNair. 

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