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OC Mike Sanford accepts head coaching job at Western Kentucky

| Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will leave to take on head coaching responsibilities at Western Kentucky, the school announced Wednesday.

Sanford was Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In that time, Sanford coached four offensive players to All-American seasons. Before his time at Notre Dame, Sanford served as Stanford’s recruiting coordinator and, at different times, a running backs coach and quarterbacks coach from 2011-2013. He followed that up with a season at his alma mater, Boise State, serving as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014.

Mike Sanford talks to reporters in March of 2015.Observer File Photo

Mike Sanford talks to reporters in March 2015.

In 2015, Sanford coached Notre Dame’s offense to just over 34 points and 466 yards per game. This season, the Irish averaged just under 31 points and 417 yards per game. Notre Dame’s mark of 466 yards per game was good for 26th in the country in 2015, but the Irish fell to 62nd in the category in 2016.

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