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Get to know new Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford

He likes the weather. Go fig!

When news hit of Mike Sanford joining Boise State as offensive coordinator, there was a clear message inferred by us Bronco fans. We can get anyone we want.

I mean seriously, Sanford was a rising star in the coaching ranks at Stanford, one of the best places in the country to coach and live, on staff with one of college football's most respected coaches, and near so many In 'n Outs. If we can convince Sanford to ditch all that and come to Boise State, is there anything we can't do? Sanford's hiring was part of this rolling boulder of winning momentum - a boulder that included Bryan Harsin and Marcel Yates. Boise State hit it out of the park with the Sanford hire - one of three home runs and a ton of standing triples during the hiring cycle.

Beyond all that, Sanford is the epitome of the young, creative, exciting coaches who have run the Boise State offense before. He is a young Chris Petersen and a young Bryan Harsin, and he plans to return the Boise State offense to its roots of big-play, cutting-edge, unstoppable greatness. All that and a bag of chips.

Boise State job

Offensive coordinator

Who had his job last

Robert Prince, man of a million dive plays

Prince was not asked to join Chris Petersen in Washington, nor was he asked to stick around and drive fans to madness in Boise. He accepted a job with the NFL's Detroit Lions where he will learn under the tutelage of Kellen Moore.

Playing history

Boise State quarterback, 2001-2004

Coaching history

  • UNLV graduate assistant, 2005-2006
  • Stanford offensive assistant, 2007-2008
  • Yale tight ends / fullbacks coach, recruiting coordinator, 2009
  • Western Kentucky quarterbacks coach, passing game coordinator, 2010
  • Stanford running backs coach, quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, and/or recruiting coordinator, 2011-2013

He is one of these three people. Can you guess which one?


Mike Sanford's latest Tweet

Last book he read

Where's Waldo, the fullback? by Martin Handford


ed's note: This post is part of an introductory series on the new Boise State coaching staff. Here's the rest of the group:

  • Mike Sanford
  • Marcel Yates
  • Kent Riddle
  • Steve Caldwell
  • Junior Adams
  • Andy Avalos
  • Julius Brown
  • Eliah Drinkwitz
  • Scott Huff
  • and oh yeah, Bryan Harsin