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Stanford OC interviewed for Oregon job

Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton interviewed for the vacant Oregon head coaching job Friday afternoon, a source told CBS. The Ducks are looking to replace Chip Kelly, who became the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, Hamilton had interviewed for the New York Jets' offensive coordinator job. He also is considered a candidate for the OC job with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 38-year-old Hamilton, who also served as Stanford's quarterbacks coach, played a key role in the Cardinal winning their first Rose Bowl in 40 years this past season despite having to replace four high NFL draft picks. His work developing redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan after Andrew Luck moved on to the NFL proved to be a big success for Stanford. In Hogan's first road start, he helped Stanford defeat No. 1 Oregon in overtime, 17-14 at Autzen Stadium. Hogan, the Pac-12 Football Championship Game MVP, completed 73 percent of his passes for an impressive 152.2 passing efficiency.

In Hamilton's first season as Stanford's offensive coordinator in 2011, the Cardinal scored a school-record 561 points and averaged 43.15 points/game, seventh-best in the nation. Stanford also set a school single-season record for total offense (6,361 yards) and finished eighth nationally in total offense per game (489.3).

Before going to Stanford in 2010, Hamilton spent three seasons (2007-09) as the quarterbacks coach of the Chicago Bears, one season (2006) as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers and three seasons (2003-05) with the Jets, where he served as offensive quality control coach (2003) and offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach (2004-05). Hamilton also spent time on staffs of the Kansas City Chiefs (2000), Washington Redskins (2001) and Baltimore Ravens (2002) before landing his first full-time position with the Jets in 2003.


Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for CBSSports.com and college football commentator for CBS Sports Network. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, who has written books including Swing Your Sword, Meat Market and Cane Mutiny. Prior to joining CBS, Feldman spent 17 years at ESPN.
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