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Mike Sanford hired to be Western Kentucky Head Coach

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -

Notre Dame Football now needs a new offensive coordinator.

Western Kentucky hired now former Irish offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Wednesday, forcing Notre Dame to fill coordinator roles on offense, defense, and special teams. Sanford was the Irish's offensive coordinator for the last two seasons

Sanford helped coach Western Kentucky for one year in 2010 as passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach before departing to go coach at Stanford for four years.

He will receive a four year contract and make about $800,000 annually with incentives to potentially make it more.

Under Sanford in 2016, Notre Dame’s offense ranked No. 64 in the country, averaging 417.6 yards per game. But the offense will be known for its lack of finishing games. In seven of the eight losses, the offense had the ball with a chance to win or tie and failed each time. Sanford did help develop DeShone Kizer into one of the nation's top quarterbacks and a potential 1st round draft pick.

At 34 years old, Sanford becomes the youngest coach in the FBS.

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