WKU search reportedly zeroes in on Notre Dame OC

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DeShone Kizer wasn't the only one to announce he's leaving the Notre Dame football program on Monday.

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford appears in line to be the next head coach at Western Kentucky, according to reports Monday.

Sanford's decision to leave shouldn't come as a surprise. The past two seasons he has held the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame.

While the Irish offense fell off this year, Sanford's star was still shining bright and many were suggesting that he be handed over more duties and play calling responsibility this year. The Hilltoppers went 2-10 that season, averaged 22.4 points per game and averaged 318.2 yards of total offense per contest. Former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder did not make it through the season for the Fighting Irish, however, with Sanford now also having jumped ship.

Sanford brings a long track record of good work with quarterbacks.

What does this mean for the Brian Kelly and the Irish now?

Sanford's Notre Dame offense was good in 2015, his first year there, when it finished in the top 10 in S&P+ despite being 34th in scoring. In short, the Irish are losing one of the best assistants and will now be in search of two new coordinators. It is now a dead period for recruiting, so Kelly has a little time to find a replacement before recruiting ramps back up again in January.

The coaches and players who've been a part of Sanford's rise say there are no revolutionary schemes or never-before-seen trick plays. Willie Taggert was just named head coach at OR and this past year he led South Florida to its best record in school history. Bobby Petrino spent at year at WKU before going back to Louisville. Brohm was hired on at Purdue earlier in December. Sanford hopes to follow in their steps.