Sanford is a 2005 Boise State graduate who played quarterback for the Broncos from 2000-2004. The 33 year old has had quite the coaching career with alot of moving from school to school. He started his coaching career as a grad assistant at UNLV from 2005-2006, Mike coached under his father Mike Sanford Sr. From UNLV the grad assistant accepted a job offer from Jim Harbaugh who was coaching at Stanford at the time, the position made Sanford the offensive assistant. He later became the tight end and fullback coach, and then the recruiting coach at Yale University. After one season coaching at Yale, he went to Western Kentucky where he was the QB Coach and passing game coordinator.
Sanford eventually returned to Stanford in 2011 where he be became the quarterbacks and receivers coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator in his final two years there. While being on the Stafford staff, Sanford was part of the 2012 and 2013 Pac-12 championships as well as participating in two Rose Bowls games and a Fiesta Bowl.
Sanford became the offensive coach for Boise State in 2014. In his first year at Boise State, the team won the Mountain West Conference championship as well as the Fiesta Bowl under head coach Bryan Harsin. Boise State was considered one of the brightest offensive teams. The Broncos ended their season coming in at No.9 for scoring defense, No.29 in rushing, No.23 in passing and No.17 in red zone offense.
Last month the coach interviewed to become Ohio State’s offensive coordinator, he also was approached by Vanderbilt and Oregon State, after some consideration he elected to stay in Boise.
Sanford would replace Notre Dame’s quarterback coach Matt LaFleur who left the school to coach the Atlanta Falcons, he would also replace Mike Denbrock. According to Steve Wiltfong from 247Sports the move could mean big things for the Fighting Irish saying, “Sanford is the type of candidate that could ultimately be a successor to Kelly down the road.”.
Bryan Harsin first year as head coach was a successful one so keeping the same staff that was there last season would be ideal for the Broncos but with Sanford’s departure it throws a curveball in the Boise State football coaching staff.
What do some of Boise State football players think of this piece of news? Offensive player Tommy Stuart tweeted “Can’t fault a man for wanting to take an opportunity. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me this team and this city”. Even though he did not specify Sanford’s name its clear that the message was for him, while freshman quarterback Brett Rypien and tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz tweeted showing their Bronco pride.