Sanford out as WKU Head Football Coach

According to multiple reports, and first reported by Steven Godfrey from SB Nation, Western Kentucky Football has fired Head Coach Mike Sanford after two seasons.

Sanford went 9-16 as coach of WKU, finishing with a 3-9 record and no bowl bid this season.

“I would like to thank Mike for his dedication and passion leading our football program over the last two years,” Stewart said.  “His commitment to bettering the lives of our student-athletes is unquestioned.  However, based on a complete review of the total body of work of our program over the last two years and assessing the likelihood of meeting our future expectations, I felt it was time that we make a change in leadership. This was not an easy decision and was not made lightly.”

Sanford came to WKU following a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame. He had previously served as an assistant coach on The Hill in 2010.

“As we continue to elevate WKU’s instructional and inquiry missions, the same expectation for excellence extends to our athletics programs as well,” University President Dr. Tim Caboni said. “In consulting with Director of Athletics Stewart, I agree that for us to achieve the success we expect in WKU football, it is time to make a leadership change. Mike Sanford is a man of character, and we appreciate his service to our community.”

In his first season as head coach of the Hilltoppers, Sanford led the Tops to a 6-7 record, finishing the 2017 season with a loss in the Cure Bowl to Georgia State. Sanford took over the coaching position after Jeff Brohm departed the program to coach at Purdue.

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