Western Kentucky has two games left on its 2018 football schedule, and even if the team were to win those games, it would be the program's worst season since 2010 when they went 2-10 under then first-year head coach Willie Taggart.
The Hilltoppers (1-9 overall, 0-6 in Conference USA) host Texas-El Paso 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by Nov. 24 at Louisiana Tech, and the question will be once the season concludes if it's the finale for head coach Mike Sanford.
"Your tunnel vision has to be set on one thing and one thing alone," Sanford said. "If you start allowing other factors to start coming into play of what you're doing and why you're doing it that's when you'll get caught up."
Sanford has a 7-16 coaching record in two seasons after inheriting a program that won 30 games in three seasons and back-to-back Conference USA titles and three consecutive bowl victories.
If Sanford's contract were to be terminated at the end of the season he would be owed $1.2 million.
The 36-year-old coach is well aware of the criticism, but he said he's only going to control what he can---preparing for Saturday's game with UTEP.
"We're going into this game against UTEP to win this game for these seniors and win this game for these players that have been fighting."