If Michigan is going to get Cleveland Browns associate head coach Pep Hamilton, it’s going to have to battle it out with the Browns.
Following reports from earlier Sunday that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been telling recruits that Hamilton will join the Wolverines staff, Cleveland coach Hue Jackson made clear that he feels “very comfortable” that Hamilton will remain in Cleveland.
“I feel very comfortable that Pep will stay,” Jackson reportedly said on Sunday.
“I have known about the Jim Harbaugh situation from a week and a half ago,” Jackson said. “I feel very comfortable that Pep is staying. Anything can happen. We want him to stay. We hope he stays. Like I said, a young man is entitled to do what they feel is best for them, but I would think we have created a good environment and I hope things are still good. As far as I know, things are.”
From Cleveland.com’s Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot:
#Browns Hue Jackson on if Pep Hamilton is remaining: 'I feel very comfortable that Pep will stay (with Browns).''
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 8, 2017
Hamilton coached with Harbaugh as wide receivers coach at Stanford. He later moved up to Stanford’s offensive coordinator under David Shaw. Hamilton then moved up to the NFL, where he coached QB Andrew Luck in Indianapolis as OC. The coach became associate head coach for Cleveland in 2016.
Michigan has an opening on staff with Jedd Fisch leaving for UCLA. Fisch was the Wolverines’ passing game coordinator/QB coach/WR coach before becoming UCLA’s OC.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2017