Report: Western Kentucky hires Notre Dame OC Mike Sanford as head coach


Western Kentucky will hire Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford to serve as its next head coach, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel reported Monday.

Sanford takes over one of the best Group of 5 programs in the country, as Western Kentucky is coming off back-to-back Conference USA championships anchored around the downfield passing attack of Jeff Brohm, who is now off to Purdue. After losing franchise quarterback Brandon Doughty to graduation, the Hilltoppers plugged in South Florida transfer Mike White, a junior, and watched him rank third nationally in passing efficiency with 34 touchdowns against six interceptions on an astronomical 10.4 yards per attempt.

Western Kentucky will be the first head coaching job for Sanford, a former offensive coordinator at Boise State in addition to Notre Dame. Sanford served as recruiting coordinator under David Shaw at Stanford and coached quarterbacks at WKU in 2010. While WKU will represent Sanford’s first head coaching gig, his father, Mike Sanford, Sr., is currently the head coach at Indiana State. Sanford the younger began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under his GA father at UNLV in 2005.

Sanford’s departure will bring forth an offseason of wholesale changes in South Bend. Having already dismissed defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder earlier this fallBrian Kelly will now be forced to replace both coordinators and his top two quarterbacks — Malik Zaire is transferring while DeShone Kizer went pro earlier today — coming off the worst of his seven seasons at Notre Dame.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.