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Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is expected to be the next coach at Western Kentucky. He'd become the youngest head coach in FBS football.

By Pete Thamel
December 12, 2016

Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford is expected to be the next coach at Western Kentucky, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Sanford, 34, has experienced a precipitous rise through the coaching ranks and projects to be the youngest coach in FBS football next season. (Memphis’s Mike Norvell, 35, was the youngest this past season).

Sanford takes over from Jeff Brohm, who left for Purdue after a remarkable 30–10 run at Western Kentucky that included back-to-back Conference USA title game victories. Brohm went 12–2 and 10–3 in his final two seasons.

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Sanford began his career as a graduate assistant under his father, former UNLV coach Mike Sanford, in 2005. He’s served as the quarterbacks coach at Western Kentucky (2010), a Stanford assistant (2012–13) and the offensive coordinator at Boise State (2014).

He came to Notre Dame from Boise State in 2015 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Sanford played quarterback in college at Boise State from 2000–04.

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