According to multiple reports, Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is a candidate for the vacant LSU OC position. Sanford is listed as part of an impressive group of offensive minds including Paul Petrino, Cam Cameron, TCU’s Justin Fuente, and the great Steve Kragthorpe, who will interview today. Former LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton left to take the same job at Maryland.
I’ve read almost all the articles on this and none provide any sort of hint as to what Sanford’s interest level may be, but most reports have him in the top pool of candidates from LSU’s end.
This should not surprise anyone. When a school becomes successful, other schools go after their coaches to bring some of that winning formula to their place. Sanford was a large part of an offensive turnaround for the Cards, not to mention the work he did while at Utah with Urban Meyer. Naturally, people will come calling.
I thought Mike Sanford did a pretty good job in his first season at Louisville. He did not have the ideal personnel to run the type of spread he has in the past, but the Cards improved in nearly every area of offensive relevance under his tutelage. Yes, we had the obligatory sequence every game when we had to burn a timeout because the play was called late, but all things considered, I liked what I saw and would like to see him stay.
I would also like him to stay because I think coaching staff continuity is a big deal. While it was not the sole reason for Kragthorpe’s failure, I think the lack of continuity on the staff definitely hurt. One thing you typically find with successful programs is a core of coaches together for some time. Obviously, no staff stays complete forever, but keeping that core group together is important. I would like to see that happen at Louisville.
Again, it is unclear as to what Sanford’s interest in the LSU job may be and we will continue to follow this story. Personally, I’m hoping Kragthorpe gets the gig.
Update – According to a tweet from Rivals’ Tom Dienhart, Sanford interviewed for the job Sunday. Guess that means he was fairly interested.
Here are some links to stories about the LSU OC search: