LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Western Kentucky University has settled on the coach they expect to build on the momentum that Jeff Brohm, Bobby Petrino and Willie Taggart have created with the WKU football program.

WKU athletic director Todd Stewart confirmed that Mike Sanford Jr., the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, will be introduced as the Hilltoppers’ football coach Wednesday afternoon.

Sanford, 34, played and coached at Boise State. He was also Taggart’s quarterback coach at WKU in 2010. After leaving WKU, Sanford worked for David Shaw at Stanford for three seasons. He served one season at Boise State before joining Brian Kelly's staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame.

The Irish delivered a terrific offensive season in 2015, ranking in the Top 35 nationally in total offense, passing, rushing and scoring as they won 10 of 3 games.

This season was a struggle. Notre Dame finished 4-8 and Kelly fired the team's defensive coordinator mid-season. The offense also struggled. Notre Dame ranked 64th nationally in total offense, 80th in rushing offense and 48th in passing offense, well beyond the standards Brohm's team set the last two seasons.

Sanford’s father, Mike Sr., is the head coach at Indiana State. Sanford Sr. served as Charlie Strong’s offensive coordinator at Louisville for 1 1/2 seasons. 

Western Kentucky (10-3) will finish its season Tuesday. The Hilltoppers will play Memphis in the Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt will coach WKU in the game.

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