Reports: Notre Dame OC Mike Sanford candidate to become Western Kentucky head coach


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame may be looking for two new coordinators this offseason.

Second-year Irish offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford is expected to be the next head coach at Western Kentucky, according to a report by Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. However, another report on Monday by WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Ky., stated that Sanford is a candidate for the position but has not been officially hired.

Sanford previously served on Western Kentucky's staff as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2010. In 12 years coaching on the collegiate level, he has held positions at six different schools.

Under Sanford's watch, Notre Dame's 2016 offense averaged 30.9 points and 417.6 yards per game. In two seasons under Sanford's tutelage, junior quarterback DeShone Kizer — who, on Monday, declared for the 2017 NFL Draft — passed for 5,809 yards (60.8 percent) and 47 touchdowns with 19 interceptions, and ran for 992 yards and 18 scores.

Sanford played quarterback at Boise State from 2000 to 2004. He attended nearby Penn High School from 1996 to 1998 while his father, Mike Sanford Sr., served as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame.

Source: Notre Dame assistant Mike Sanford expected to be the next coach at Western Kentucky.

— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 12, 2016

Notre Dame's Mike Sanford coaches during practice Saturday, April 9, 2016 inside the Loftus Sports Center at Notre Dame in South Bend. Tribune photo/BECKY MALEWITZ