AP source: Colts hiring Stanford's Hamilton
Hamilton joined Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford in 2010. He was promoted to offensive coordinator when Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers two years ago and David Shaw took over as Stanford's head coach.
Last May, the university officially renamed the offensive coordinator position the "Andrew Luck Director of Offense" after an anonymous donor made what the school called a "very generous" gift to honor the record-setting quarterback.
Stanford has endowments for many positions in the athletic department, although most are reserved for head coaches and the athletic director.
Hamilton helped continue Stanford's renaissance behind a balanced offense — with and without Luck.
One of the Cardinal's key recruiters, Hamilton also discovered new quarterback Kevin Hogan out of McLean, Va. The strong-armed and quick-footed Hogan finished 5-0 — including beating four ranked teams en route to the Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin on Jan. 1 — since replacing Josh Nunes, who struggled to succeed Luck. Stanford had not won the Rose Bowl since 1972.
Stanford is one of only three schools — Oregon and Wisconsin being the others — who earned BCS bowl berths the past three seasons. The Cardinal routed Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl two years ago and lost in overtime to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl in Luck's finale.
Stanford has won at least 11 games each of the past three years. The program had won 10 games only three times before (1992, 1940 and 1926).
Losing Arians is only part of Indy's transition.
Since losing a wild-card round game to Baltimore, the Colts have parted ways with special teams coordinator Marrwan Maalouf and watched vice president of football operations Tom Telesco leave to take the general manager job in San Diego.
Grigson replaced Telesco with Jimmy Raye, who had spent the past 16 years in San Diego's front office, and Pagano hired Tom McMahon as his new special teams coach this week.
Grigson said he expects no more major changes to the front office or coaching staff during the offseason.
"Just because we've won one season we're not going to let people just raid the hen house," Grigson said. "I've been on the other side of it myself, it's tough but guys are in contracts and if you're offered a head coaching job or a GM position I have to let you out, but otherwise, I don't."
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AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez contributed to this report.
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