Sanford hired as offensive coordinator

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former UNLV head coach Mike Sanford is the new offensive coordinator at Louisville Cardinals.

Louisville coach Charlie Strong announced the hire Tuesday.

Sanford, 54, was fired as coach of the Runnin' Rebels last month. He went 16-43 in five seasons at UNLV, failing to make a bowl game during his tenure.

Sanford previously worked as offensive coordinator at Utah under Urban Meyer. Utah averaged 43.3 points and 499.75 yards per game in 2004. Both marks ranked third in the nation.

Sanford's other coaching stops include Stanford, Notre Dame and USC. Sanford said he expects to bring a balanced attack to the Cardinals, who ranked near the bottom in the Big East in most major offensive categories this season.