Sanford does have a history with the school, serving as the quarterbacks coach in 2010. He has been with the Fighting Irish the past two seasons.
With the hire, the 34-year old becomes the youngest head coach in the FBS. Reports say he will receive a four-year deal and expects to get paid $800,000 annually. Sanford replaces Jeff Brohm, who left last week to take the head coaching job at Purdue. Brohm went 30-10 in three seasons with the school.
The former Boise State quarterback also spent time with the Broncos as their offensive coordinator. This is his first head coaching gig.