JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)  –  ETSU football team’s head coach, Randy Sanders, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of potential violation of university policy.    

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 News Channel 11 Satterfield’s departure is unrelated to Sanders’ administrative leave. 

Randy Sanders was named head coach on December 17, 2017  — the 18th head coach in the program.  He replaced coach Carl Torbush, who announced his retirement on December 8 after five years of directing the return of the Buccaneers’ football program. Torbush had been the Bucs head coach since 2015. Before that, the program had been shut down for financial reasons since 2003.

Sanders worked with college football greats such as former Tennessee athletic director and former head coach Phillip Fulmer, and former Tennessee quarterback and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. 

Sanders, a Morristown-native, played collegiately at Tennessee and began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1989. During his stint there, the Vols won four SEC championships and six Eastern Division crowns. The Vols also played in bowl games his first 16 seasons. 

After 17 years at Tennessee, Sanders went on to Kentucky and spent the first three years as the Wildcat’s quarterback coach.  He took over as offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012 — developing Andre Woodson into one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Woodson went on to be drafted by the New York Giants. In addition, Kentucky won three straight bowl games for the first time in school history. 

And after his arrival to Florida State in 2013, he led the Seminoles to 53 wins, including the 2013 National Championship and a 14-0 record. He also coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston was the youngest player to win a Heisman Trophy in 2013.  

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 their spring game. 

This is a big season for the Bucs, the team will take on the University of Tennessee on September 8. The season opener with Mars Hill will be at home on a date to be determined. 

We’ll post more details as soon as they become available and we will have a live report beginning on the news at Noon.