Notre Dame offensive coordinator lands open position at Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers have hired Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford
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.
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.
Source: Notre Dame assistant Mike Sanford expected to be the next coach at Western Kentucky.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 12, 2016
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.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Join our Pick'em Challenge and compete for $1,000 each week.
Ray took over as the Crimson Tide's starting defensive end this season
Saban is set to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2020
Swinney has made it clear how he feels about the SEC's perceived depth
Anybody can rank the best 25 college football teams, but only the Bottom 25 ranks the worst...
SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated every Week 4 college football game 10,000 times
FSU may be Taggart's dream job, but his tenure -- at times -- has been more like a nightmare