Former Boise State QB and OC Mike Sanford is enjoying a meteoric rise through the coaching ranks. Having joined Boise State as Coach Harsin’s first OC after guiding David Shaw’s RBs at Stanford, Sanford helped lead the Broncos to a MWC title and Fiesta Bowl win before leaving for the greener(?) pastures of South Bend where he helped call the offensive shots for Brian Kelly the last two seasons. Earlier this month, Sanford got his coveted head coaching job at Western Kentucky and vowed to fill out his new staff with connections from past gigs. Sure enough, Sanford’s hire for offensive coordinator at WKU is Boise State WRs coach and co-OC (passing game coordinator) Junior Adams...making this the third straight year the Broncos have lost a coach with “coordinator” on their business card in the offseason.
Sure, the Broncos can go out and grab a fantastic WRs coach and maybe even land another alum in the form of Kirby Moore (just hired at Fresno State) or Matt Miller (WRs coach at Montana State), but losing Adams is another poorly-time blow to BSU's recruiting process. Adams, like Sanford and Drinkwitz before him, was a great recruiter and was pretty pivotal in landing the verbal commitment of Bryan Thompson, Boise State's 4-star 2017 WR. Now, Bronco fans are going to be white-knuckling it for the month of January, hoping they can hold on to the offensive recruits that Adams helped bring to the table. I think the Broncos can go out and get another great up-and-coming wideout coach, but in the short-term, it might have negative ripples around National Signing Day.
All that said, we wish the best of luck to Coach Adams as a Hilltopper. He's done great things for the receiving corps and has been a great guy to interview. Just leave your recruiting Rolodex in Boise, okay?