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Bush Hamdan emerges as candidate for Kentucky OC

Hamdan has prior experience as an OC, as well as being an assistant within the SEC.

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As the Kentucky Wildcats close in on their next offensive coordinator, another candidate has emerged, this one being within the SEC.

According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Missouri Tigers quarterbacks and wide receivers coach Bush Hamdan has emerged as a candidate to be Kentucky’s next playcaller.

Hamdan was the Offensive Coordinator at Washington under Chris Peterson and while he hasn’t called the plays at Missouri (the Head Coach does), he basically runs the offense in practice and is a dynamic offensive mind.

Hamdan, who is just 34 years old, is in his first season at Missouri after previously serving as the Washington Huskies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2018-19. Before that, he was the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterbacks coach for one season.

In terms of coordinator stints, Hamdan was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Davidson (FCS) in 2014, as well as the Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State in 2013. Hamdan also served as the Florida Gators wide receivers coach in 2012, so he has a decent amount of coaching experience within the SEC East.

Ideally, Kentucky’s next offensive coordinator will have prior success as a playcaller and as an assistant within the SEC. Hamdan seems to fit that bill, so it’s easy to see why Mark Stoops is considering him.

Earlier today, it was reported that Purdue Boilermakers assistant Brian Brohm and Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead were also candidates to be Kentucky’s next playcaller. That came after it was reported Saturday that Los Angeles Rams assistant Liam Coen was a strong contender for the job.

Expect a hire to be made within the next week.

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