Sanford officially out at U of L

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville coach Charlie Strong has announced that offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is no longer with the program.

Sanford's future with the team has been in doubt since Oct. 7 when he did not travel for the Cardinals' game at North Carolina.

Strong told Sanford during the week leading up to the game he was moving play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson. Strong has said he planned to keep Sanford on staff, but said Monday evening the parting was mutual. Sanford also missed Saturday's game at Cincinnati.

"Mike is an outstanding person, an outstanding football  coach," Strong said. "Whenever I make decisions, I make decisions in the best interests of our program.

Entering the North Carolina game, Louisville ranked 105th out of the 120 FBS teams in scoring offense. They are now 111th, averaging just 16.3 points.

Sanford went 15-43 in five years as coach at UNLV before joining Louisville last season.

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