The pool of known candidates for Vanderbilt's football head coaching vacancy is growing.
St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton have joined Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason on the list of potential replacements for James Franklin, according to reports.
Schottenheimer is interviewing for the position today, according to 247Sports.com. Hamilton's name surfaced late Monday as candidate, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who cited "multiple league sources."
All three aforementioned candidates have NFL experience, and two have been Stanford coordinators.
Schottenheimer just completed his second season overseeing the Rams' offense under former Titans coach Jeff Fisher. One of the biggest pieces of Schottenheimer's offense was former Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy, who ran for 973 yards - the third most in franchise history by a rookie.
Prior to his stint in St. Louis, Schottenheimer, a backup quarterback for Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators in the mid-1990s, served as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets (2006-11) and a quarterbacks coach for San Diego and Washington. His college coaching experience is limited to one year at both Syracuse and Southern Cal.
Hamilton was at Stanford from 2010-12 and spent his last two seasons there as the Cardinal's offensive coordinator. He reunited with former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is Indianapolis in 2013 and helped the Colts reach the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
Hamilton was quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears from 2007-09 and instructed ex-Vandy star Jay Cutler in 2009, although that working relationship didn't end well. Aside from Stanford, Hamilton's other college coaching experience came at Howard from 1997-2001.
Athletics director David Williams has stated he is looking for the right fit at Vanderbilt. Coaches with time logged at Stanford would certainly have an indication of what type of student-athlete the Commodores are trying to attract.