(Minneapolis, MN) — New Golden Gopher offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr. says he is excited to have most of the players back on campus this week. Sanford was hired in January and was able to spend a couple of months with the team in-person, but then the pandemic hit and everything since mid-March has been done in an on-line, virtual fashion. Sanford says he has been impressed with the players willingness to put in the time to improve by studying last year’s game film, learning new wrinkles for the 2020 offense, and knowing they have room for growth after last year’s 11-win season. Sanford came to Minnesota from Utah State, where he had been the offensive coordinator for one year. He had previous stops as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, Stanford, and Boise State, among others. Sanford was also the head coach at Western Kentucky from 2017 through 2018. He says he is happy to take over a veteran group on offense that is willing to work to get better. Sanford says that is the key to taking the next step forward with the Gopher program.
Golden Gopher offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: