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Ex-Louisville OC officially lands at Utah State

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Exactly a week after the reports surfaced in earnest, Mike Sanford has officially found a new coaching home.

Utah State confirmed Tuesday that the former Louisville offensive coordinator has been hired as head coach Gary Andersen‘s new running backs/tight ends coach.  The addition will be a reunion for Andersen and Sanford, who worked together at Utah in 2004.

“When hiring an assistant coach, you always want to find someone who puts the student-athletes first and is the best coach out there, and Coach Sanford definitely fits both of those,” Andersen said in a statement announcing the hiring. “I am extremely familiar with his coaching style and philosophies from coaching with him as well as coaching against him throughout the years.

“He brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience to our program having been at every level from the small college, all the way through to the NFL. He is a great addition to our staff and we’re excited to have him join our Aggie football family.”

Sanford comes to the Aggies after spending the 2010 and part of the 2011 season as the coordinator at Louisville.  In early October, Sanford was dismissed from/parted ways with Charlie Strong‘s Cardinals coaching staff.

Prior to his brief stint with the Cardinals, Sanford spent five seasons as the head coach at UNLV.  This will also be a homecoming of sorts for Sanford, who was Utah’s coordinator in 2003-04.

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