WKU’s Sanford must win out to keep job

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to FootballScoop, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Mike Sanford will have his future determined by his team’s final two games. The team is presently 1-9.

He reportedly needs to win the final two games in order to keep his job, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Mike Sanford watches a replay against the Louisville Cardinals
Mike Sanford watches a replay against the Louisville Cardinals (Getty Images)

If he fails to win the next two games, he will be fired. The Hilltoppers host the UTEP Miners — who are also 1-9 on the season –this Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

They will conclude the season on Saturday, November 24th at the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. They could come into the season-finale with an 8-3 record.

Western Kentucky has lost six straight games. They have not won a game since Saturday, September 22nd at the Ball State Cardinals when they won 28-20.

He is 7-16 in the two seasons through 23 games. In his first campaign at the school, the Hilltoppers lost 27-17 in the AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 16th, 2017.

In 2017, Western Kentucky began the season with a 5-2 record. Then in the final six games, the team went 1-5.

Sanford — then the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s offensive coordinator — was hired by the school to replace Jeff Brohm, who was hired away by the Purdue Boilermakers. With Brohm, the school went 22-5, including back-to-back Conference USA Championships in his final two campaigns.

If he is fired by Western Kentucky, the school would be responsible to pay him $1.2 million in a buyout, which would be paid over an 18-month period.

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