Looks like new Louisville coach Charlie Strong has made a decision on at least one of his coordinators for his inaugural season. Former UNLV head coach Mike Sanford will be named Tuesday as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach according to multiple sources.
Mike Sanford, not to be confused with the Mark Sanford( South Carolina congressmen who had the South American fling), did not have much success as head-coach at UNLV compiling a 15-43 record in 5 years. think about it though, who has EVER had success in Vegas other than Jerry Tarkanian and a few ladies at the Bunny Ranch? However, previous to his first HC gig, Sanford was the offensive coordinator for Urban Meyer at Utah from 2003-05. There his offense averaged 45+ points while going 12-0 in 2004. His duties included grooming a quarterback that ended up being the #1 pick in the draft, Alex Smith. Sanford has also previously coached in the NFL as an assistant with the Sand Diego Chargers and in college with Notre Dame, USC, Purdue and Stanford.
What this means is Louisville is likely to run something similar to the Spread Option that both Utah and Florida. I would expect Strong and Sanford to add their own wrinkles, but it should look rather similar.
On the defensive side, Strong will be the main coach but he will bring on a coordinator to help when he is bogged down with head duties. My sources say it’s down to two candidates – Florida Cornerback coach Vance Bedford and Tennessee LB’s coach Lance Thompson. Both are hot commodities among the assistant coaching ranks and whichever Strong chooses should be an asset to the program.
Stay tuned to LSB for any details on this story…