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College Football Program Reportedly Firing Head Coach After Just 2 Seasons

Western Kentucky coach Mike Sanford Jr.

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Mike Sanford of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers watches a replay during the second quarter during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

Western Kentucky football coach Mike Sanford is reportedly out after just two seasons leading the Hilltoppers.

Sanford took over the the WKU program that was thriving under Jeff Brohm, who left for Purdue after the 2016 season.

Brohm won 30 games in three seasons at WKU, topping out at 12-2 and an undefeated Conference USA record in 2015. Sanford managed six wins and a bowl loss in his first year with the program, and fell back to 3-9 in 2018.

That was the Hilltoppers' worst record since the 2-10 mark in Willie Taggart's first year with the team, back in 2010.

SB Nation's Steven Godfrey is reporting that Western Kentucky football has fired Mike Sanford Jr.

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The 36-year old took over the job after two years as Notre Dame offensive coordinator. Before that, he spent time on staff at his alma mater Boise State, Stanford, and WKU as quarterbacks coach under Taggart.

Taggart, Bobby Petrino, and Brohm all parlayed this job into much bigger positions, so there is plenty of opportunity for an up-and-comer here.

Those three clearly elevated the expectations of the position, hence why Sanford only got two seasons.