Sanford out at Louisville

Mike Sanford is no longer a part of the Louisville coaching staff, two weeks after being relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator.

Coach Charlie Strong said Monday he made the decision because of differences he had with the coach, differences that went beyond play calling.

“Mike Sanford is no longer with our staff, both sides mutually agreed,” Strong said. “Mike is an outstanding person and outstanding football coach, but whenever I make a decision, I make a decision in the best interest of our program.”

Quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson has been handling the play calling since the North Carolina game two weeks ago, but that has done little to jump-start an offense that has struggled at just about every position. The Cardinals rank seventh in total offense and rushing offense and last in scoring offense in the Big East.

Sanford came to Louisville with Strong last season after serving as head coach at UNLV. Strong said he will not fill the offensive coordinator job until after the season.