Notre Dame offensive coordinator Sanford a rising candidate for WKU job

Photo courtesy of WKU Athletics

Evan Heichelbech

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford has officially been named a candidate for the WKU head coaching vacancy, according to reports from WBKO and the Bowling Green Daily News.

A report from Sports Illustrated stated Sanford was expected to be hired as the next head coach of the Hilltoppers, but the school has yet to make anything official.

Sanford has been at Notre Dame for the past two seasons, serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and he previously spent one season as the quarterbacks coach at WKU under former head coach Willie Taggart in 2010.

After leaving WKU, Sanford coached quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers at Stanford for three years before moving on to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boise State in 2014.

In his time at WKU, Sanford coached former Hilltopper quarterback Kawaun Jakes. WKU finished with a 2-10 record in 2010 in Taggart’s first year as head coach. WKU all-time leading passer Brandon Doughty used his redshirt during Sanford’s lone season in Bowling Green.

The Fighting Irish finished 10-3 in Sanford’s first season at Notre Dame, ending the season with a loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

This season, the Fighting Irish finished with a record of 4-8 and failed to play in a bowl game for the first time since 2009.

Sanford played quarterback at Boise State from 2000-2004, and was a part of four bowl teams as the Broncos compiled a 54-9 record over that span.

The Herald will update this story as more information is made available.