WKU selects new head coach, no official confirmation

Bowling Green, KY – According to multiple reports, Tennessee Offensive Coordinator Tyson Helton is expected to be named the new Head Football Coach at Western Kentucky University, less than 24 hours after WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced the firing of Mike Sanford from the same position.

Helton is no stranger to the Hill. He served as the Hilltoppers’ offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 under then head coach Jeff Brohm. With Helton at the offensive reigns, WKU broke school records, averaging 44.4 points per game in 2014, followed by 44.3 points per game with Brandon Doughty at quarterback.

Helton also has experience as quarterbacks coach for the University of Southern California from 2016-2017, before moving on to the offensive coordinator role at the University of Tennessee this past season.

WKU fired Sanford yesterday after two seasons on the Hill, accumulating just a 9-16 record as head coach of the Hilltoppers. The program owes Sanford a $1.2 million buyout, according to his contract.