Notre Dame offensive coordinator lands open position at Western Kentucky

Update: Western Kentucky has made the hire of Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford official. The announcement came in a release Wednesday morning with a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

Sanford finished his second year as the Irish's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to his time in South Bend, Sanford spent one year at his alma mater, Boise State, as the offensive coordinator. He also spent one year at Western Kentucky in 2010 as the Hilltoppers' passing game coordinator.

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Western Kentucky will reportedly hire Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford as its next coach, filling the vacancy left by Jeff Brohm after his hire at Purdue, according to Sports Illustrated.

After four years as a Boise State quarterback, Sanford's coaching career began at UNLV on the staff of his father, Mike. Sanford Jr. quickly moved up the coaching ranks, having the most notable impact across five seasons at Stanford with one-year stops at WKU (2010) and Boise State (2014) before landing the offensive coordinator job under Brian Kelly at Notre Dame.

What Sanford's addition means is that the offensive potency of the Hilltoppers should not stop anytime soon, and the legacy left by Jeff Brohm should continue as WKU continues to compete for Conference USA titles. Sanford was on staff for one Brandon Doughty year in WKU, at Stanford to coach both Stepfan Taylor and Ty Montgomery and helped mastermind the offense that led to Jay Ajayi's breakout season at Boise State.

Oh yeah, and his first year at Notre Dame involved getting then-third string quarterback DeShone Kizer ready to play on short notice after Malik Zaire's injury. Kizer went on to have the fourth best single-season completion percentage in school history in 2015 and declared for the 2016 NFL Draft this week.

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