Brian Schottenheimer, Pep Hamilton candidates for Vanderbilt job

Brian Schottenheimer is reportedly a candidate for the Vanderbilt job. (USATSI)
Brian Schottenheimer is reportedly a candidate for the Vanderbilt job. (USATSI)

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In the race to find Vanderbilt's next head coach, two NFL offensive coordinators have landed interviews to possibly take the job given up by James Franklin when he went to Penn State.

As's Bruce Feldman reports, Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, previously the offensive coordinator at Stanford, will talk to Vanderbilt, and multiple reports state that Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also has landed an interview.

Hamilton was hired by Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano after Bruce Arians left for Arizona, and this season, the Colts ranked 15th in the league in yards gained and 14th in points scored.

Since Schottenheimer was run out as Jets offensive coordinator, he's spent the last two seasons with the Rams and the results haven't been great. Quarterback Sam Bradford continues to fall short of expectations for a former No. 1 overall pick, and the team was ranked 30th in yards gained this season (and 23rd in 2012).

Still, it seems like he has a shot at the Vandy job. But then again, why would he or Hamilton eschew the NFL for what traditionally has been an SEC doormat?

Or as somebody said on Twitter on Wednesday (and I can't remember who wrote this), it seems as though the Vanderbilt head coaching job is drawing more interest than the opening in Cleveland.

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