According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans, Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford interviewed for Ohio State's offensive coordinator vacancy, but plans to remain in his current position with the Broncos. An Idaho Statesman source confirmed the interview took place.
The Buckeyes are currently in preparations for Monday's national championship game, when they will face Oregon. The vacancy was created when Tom Herman left Ohio State to become the head coach at the University of Houston last month.
A former Boise State quarterback, Sanford helped the Broncos to a Fiesta Bowl victory in his first season as coordinator. The Broncos are in the top 15 nationally in scoring offense and total offense. Evans' story also notes that Sanford also had interest from Vanderbilt and Oregon State to fill their coordinator roles. Sanford's father, Mike, worked with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as his offensive coordinator at Utah from 2003-04 and both were on Notre Dame's staff from 1997-98.
Last month, after the regular season was completed, Sanford was asked about his desire to continue to coach at Boise State after he had turned down overtures from Vanderbilt.
“This has been a place I’ve dreamed about coaching at since I got done playing here, and a little bit before that,” he said. “It’s only year one. We all, as a staff — myself as a play caller —we’re all improving every week. We’ve had our ups and our downs, but when you think where this program can be and where we can take this thing with player development, with recruiting, this is a very exciting time for the program. ... This is just the tip of the iceberg.”