Stanford adds two football coaches to the mix


Mike Bloomgren and Mike Sanford, Jr. were added to Stanford's football coaching staff it was announced Wednesday by head coach David Shaw.

Bloomgren was named offensive line coach and running game coordinator and Sanford will coach the running backs. Sanford served as an offensive assistant for the 2007-08 seasons at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh.

Bloomgren joins the Stanford staff after spending the past four seasons with the New York Jets, where he served as assistant offensive coordinator (2010), offensive assistant (2009) and offensive quality control coach (2007-08).

"Mike Bloomgren speaks our language," Shaw said. "He has been trained by the same man (Bill Callahan) who trained me in this running game. He has coached for the Jets, a team that believes in the power play, running between the tackles and physical offensive line play. Mike is the perfect fit for us."

Sanford returns to the Cardinal coaching staff after serving as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Western Kentucky last season. He oversaw and offensive unit that featured running back Bobby Rainey, who finished third nationally in rushing average (137.42) and 11th in all-purpose yardage (156.58).

A former quarterback at Boise State, Sanford played on four bowl teams during his collegiate career as the Broncos compiled a cumulative 54-9 record during his stay, including an 11-1 record in 2004, culminated with a Liberty Bowl victory over Louisville.

"Mike Sanford is very familiar to our program and knows how we do things at Stanford," Shaw said. "He is a young, energetic coach and has been a great recruiter. Mike has coached a variety of positions on offense and will do a great job coaching running backs here."

Women's basketball

Stanford's game with California a week from Thursday has been moved to an 8 p.m. tipoff, the Pac-10 announced Wednesday.

The contest, the second edition of the "Battle of the Bay" between the Cardinal and Golden Bears, will still be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and Fox SportsNet.

Men's basketball

Tipoff for Stanford's regular season finale at California on March 5 has been scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet California.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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