First-year Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin announced at Mountain West Conference media days that offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will call the team's plays this season. Sanford is also entering his first year coaching with the Broncos.
Sanford played quarterback for Boise State from 2000-04. He returned to the Broncos after three seasons coaching at Stanford, where he coached running backs, and then quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Harsin explained why Sanford will be calling plays to CoachingSearch.com:
Mike [Sanford] will call the plays. I’m going to be involved. I am involved. I take one period with the quarterbacks and coaching them up on fundamentals. That’s part of it. I’ll continue to do that. I want to be involved. I’ll still have the opportunity to install a play with the offense each day because I want to do that. I like teaching and I also think I’ve been around really good people that are really good teachers. I’ve sat back, shut up and listened to how they’ve taught and watched how they looked at me and how I’ve taught and what I can do better. I want to bring that to the table too with some of our coaches to be able to say ‘This is at least how I think you should teach.’ From an offensive standpoint, I’ve been through enough headaches and disappointments that when these guys get to a point of ‘Hey, we want to do this’ and its happened, my answer is simply ‘no.’ That’s about the best answer I got. I don’t have the time to tell them everything about it, but we’re just not going to do that. We’re going to move on and do something different.
Harsin called plays for Texas in 2011 and 2012, when he was a co-offensive coordinator for the Longhorns. Last season, he succeeded Gus Malzahn as head coach at Arkansas State. Harsin led the Red Wolves to a 7-5 record and an appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl.
- Alex Hampl