Tech's offensive coordinator for 11 seasons and a 20-year staff member, Stinespring may well remain with the Hokies. He's an invaluable recruiter and quality line coach.
Observations on some mentioned potential candidates. Bios can be found by clicking on the name.
In fact, Hamilton’s official title is, no kidding here, the Andrew Luck Director of Offense. Hamilton coached Luck last season, when Stanford ranked sixth nationally in scoring, 11th in total offense, 22nd in rushing yards and 26th in passing yards. Luck was the No. 1 overall pick of the
Harbaugh hired Hamilton in 2010 to coach the Cardinal’s receivers. Hamilton had worked the previous three years as the
Stanford concluded the 2010 season with a 40-12
Hamilton — his given name is Alfonza — has plenty of Eastern ties. He attended high school in Charlotte, N.C., and is a 1997 graduate of
Without Luck and three others chosen among the top 42 picks in the draft, Stanford’s offense isn’t nearly as potent this season. But since naming freshman Kevin Hogan the starting quarterback, the Cardinal has won four consecutive games, all against ranked opponents, to claim the
Hamilton would be an outstanding hire. The question is, would he leave a program that’s earned three consecutive
Shawn Elliott: Completing his third season at South Carolina, Elliott worked one year there with Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer. Elliott's title then was running game coordinator and offensive line coach.
This year, head coach Steve Spurrier promoted Elliott to co-offensive coordinator, a position he shares with Spurrier's son, Steve Jr. But Elliott has never served as a primary play-caller — the Ol' Ball Coach isn't about to relinquish that role — and you have to believe Beamer wants someone who's called a fourth-quarter third-and-5 with the game in the balance.
Now if Elliott were interested in coaching the Hokies' line or tight ends, sure. But as OC? Seems risky.
Elliott's only other coaching experience was at his alma mater, Appalachian State, where he worked from 1996 until 2009.
Major Applewhite: A former
Mack Brown promoted Applewhite to co-offensive coordinator in 2011, and when Applewhite's fellow co-OC, Bryan Harsin, accepted the Arkansas State head-coaching position earlier this month, Applewhite became Texas' primary play-caller.
His debut in that role came in Saturday’s
Rice and Alabama were more productive from the previous season under Applewhite. The 2006 Owls were 41st nationally in scoring; the '07 Tide was 64th.
Prying Applewhite from Texas would be difficult on two fronts: It's home, and the school pays its assistants handsomely. According to USA Today's database, Applewhite made $575,000 in base salary this year. Harsin made $700,000, meaning Applewhite is likely due a significant bump for 2013.
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster ($502,762) is the only Virginia Tech assistant making more than $400,000.
Tony Franklin: Here’s another Pac-12 offensive coordinator, this one at Stanford’s arch-rival,
The Bulldogs lead the nation this season in scoring (51.5 points per game), total offense (577.9 yards per game) and rank third in passing (350.8 ypg) and 18th in rushing (227.2) — they won at
Franklin coordinated the offense at Kentucky in 2000 and Auburn in and 2008. He’s also connected to the Hokies through defensive coordinator Bud Foster — they were teammates at
But Franklin is, in large measure, a spread guy. Does Beamer want to go all-in with the spread?
More important, does Franklin, who raved about Cal upon his appointment, have any interest? Seems doubtful.
Ralph Friedgen: This former
Beamer and Friedgen are fast friends. They worked together at The Citadel under Bobby Ross and both own vacation homes in Greensboro, Ga. When Beamer became Murray State's head coach in 1981, he hired Friedgen as his top assistant.
As the Terps’ head coach and as an offensive coordinator under Ross at Maryland,
Maryland fired Friedgen in 2010, less than a month after he was named
There’s a handful of names, with no guarantee any is the eventual hire. The Hokies’
Also bank on Beamer consulting with athletic director Jim Weaver, a former offensive line coach at
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