ETSU head football coach, Randy Sanders, placed on administrative leave

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - News Channel 11 has learned the ETSU football team's head coach, Randy Sanders, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation of potential violation of university policy. 

Sanders was named the ETSU head coach in December of 2017 after five years as a co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State. A Morristown, Tennessee native, Sanders played at the University of Tennessee from 1984 to 1988 where he served primarily as a backup quarterback.

In addition, the Buccaneers are now searching for a new offensive coordinator. ETSU Athletics confirmed the Bucs offensive coordinator, Marcus Satterfield, has left the program to pursue a new opportunity. Satterfield was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on January 11, 2018.  ETSU Athletics spokesperson Michael White told WJHL that Satterfield's departure is unrelated to Sanders' administrative leave.

The Bucs wrapped up their first week of spring practice last week. ETSU is expected to hold its Ballad Health Blue-Gold Spring Game on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the William B. Greene, Jr Stadium. With Sanders on leave and the athletics program in search of a new offensive coordinator, the Bucs are without a head coach right before the game. 

Tennessee is scheduled to take on the ETSU Buccaneers on Saturday, September 8 in their home opener at Neyland Stadium.

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