Former Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was introduced Monday as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame.
The Idaho Statesman reported Feb. 11 that Sanford was leaving for Notre Dame. Boise State announced Feb. 17 that former tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz would replace him. But Notre Dame delayed its announcement while dealing with its HR process and then because of the death of a former school president.
Sanford spent one year as the offensive coordinator at Boise State. He also was a backup quarterback for the Broncos from 2000 to 2004.
His dad, also named Mike Sanford, is a former Notre Dame assistant. The younger Sanford served as a ball boy for the Fighting Irish.
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here is a story on Sanford posted on the Notre Dame athletics site.
Sanford's dad coached at Notre Dame for two years. The younger Sanford coached against Notre Dame for five years as an assistant at rival Stanford.
"I feel I really have an understanding of the profile of the program and the profile of the student-athletes you recruit at Notre Dame," Sanford told und.com. "We went head to head in recruiting at Stanford with Notre Dame on a ton of kids. I think, for me, I knew what kind of players they had here in place because we battled it out on recruits. I knew there were some really good players here and really good people here.
"I'm really excited to work for someone who has been a head football coach for over 20 years (in coach Brian Kelly). Very rarely in your career do you have a chance to learn under somebody who has that kind of experience and who has seen the highs and lows of being a head football coach for that long and has built up his reputation from a smaller football level to mid-major and obviously now to the biggest stage in football.
"And, quite frankly, the last reason and probably the biggest reason I'm here, it's Notre Dame. I know that sounds cliché, but to me, it's the most powerful brand in college athletics. It's to have a chance to be a part of that and have a chance to be a part of, hopefully, what our goal is, to win it all, and to work to build that. There's been some heavy lifting that's already taken place with Coach Kelly and his staff. Hopefully, I get a chance to be a part of that."
Also today, the Mountain West announced the 2015 football schedule. Games still could shift to weekdays, but the order is set.
Here is the rundown.
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