Western Kentucky knew who it wanted as the Hilltoppers' next football coach, and Tyson Helton was eager to rejoin the program he knows so very well.
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Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton has reached an agreement to be Western Kentucky's next head coach, sources told ESPN.
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Mike Sanford was fired Sunday two seasons after leaving his role as Notre Dame's offensive coordinator. Tennessee OC Tyson Helton has emerged as the front-runner to replace him, sources said.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Sources: Western Kentucky has fired coach Mike Sanford after just two seasons and a 9-16 record. SB Nation first reported the decision. There had been talk in recent weeks of a change, but Sanford appeared safe after winning his last two games to finish 3-9. Sanford took over from Jeff Brohm, who led Western Kentucky on a record run over three years.
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