Mike Sanford isn't complaining about starting his head coaching career with a tough act to follow at Western Kentucky.
A longtime assistant who spent the past two seasons at Notre Dame, Sanford inherits a Hilltoppers program that has won consecutive Conference USA championships and their last three bowl games. They're the preseason favorite to win the East Division again.
Fortunately for WKU (11-3, 7-1 C-USA last season), Sanford's pedigree as an offensive assistant under such notable coaches as Brian Kelly and Jim Harbaugh qualified him for the challenging opportunity. He's already familiar with Bowling Green, Kentucky, having spent 2010 as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator under Willie Taggart.