Mike Sanford Out as Gophers Offensive Coordinator

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In some unexpected, but also unsurprising news; Minnesota Gophers offensive coordinator, Mike Sanford Jr, has been fired. Sanford spent the last two seasons in Dinkytown, after Kirk Ciarrocca left for Penn State following the 2019 season.

The news was first reported by FootballScoop.com and later confirmed by Andy Greder (Pioneer Press).

According to the report from Football Scoop, it was Fleck who wanted to go a different direction. Now, the question surrounds who will replace Mike Sanford. Could PJ Fleck possible bring back Kirk Ciarrocca, who is currently an offensive analyst for West Virginia OR does he turn to Matt Simon, who called the Gophers to a Outback Bowl victory at the end of the 2019 season?

Obviously, we’ll keep an eye out for other possible candidates as they prop up. It’s been a crazy day for Minnesota Gophers football.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan