Rumors are flying around that have Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton coming to Blacksburg to take over as OC for the Hokies. And the announcement could come sometime today or tomorrow.
Skeptical Hokie fans are asking the same question: “Why would he leave Stanford for Virginia Tech?” Good question.
Stanford is a top 10 program fresh off a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin, capping a 12-2 season. The Cardinal are 22-4 in their last two seasons and are clearly a program on the verge of becoming a national power. So why would a 38-year-old offensive coordinator leave to take the job at Virginia Tech, whose team is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season?
Well, for starters, Hamilton has ties to the east coast. He graduated from, and played his college football at Howard University in Washington, D.C. And when his playing days were over, he stepped right into coaching. His first job was as QBs coach for his alma mater from 1997-1998. Hamilton then took over as offensive coordinator from 1999-2001.
In 2001, he interned with the Washington Redskins. The following season, he interned with the Baltimore Ravens. Clearly. his ties to the east coast are there.
Hamilton is married with three children. And what better place to raise a family than in Blacksburg?
To you and I, the diehard Hokie football fans, this move seems like a downgrade. But if you take a step back and look at it from an outsider’s point of view, Hamilton may be thinking that he can come to Blacksburg and work with a legendary head coach in Frank Beamer, who resurrected a program from the ashes into a nationally respected program.
Perhaps Hamilton wants to come back to the east coast and raise his kids in a small town. Maybe he’s been told that he can bring in his own assistants and run the offensive how he sees fit.
We just don’t know. So to say that he wouldn’t come here because it’s a bad move is being overly skeptical. People make decisions based on their own visions, needs and reasons.
And if Pep Hamilton were to come to Blacksburg, he would be warmly received by a fan base that, for the most part, has been clamoring for change for many years.
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