Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Ken Niumatalolo turns down Arizona job, staying at Navy

Ken Niumatalolo turns down Arizona job, staying at Navy

The Arizona Wildcats' head coaching search continues as Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has declined an offer from the school to become the next head coach.

Niumatalolo released a statement to the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland: "After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear that USNA is a special place with special people, and I love it here". He's won 84 games in 10 seasons, including an 11-win season in 2015.

Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate is probably breathing a sigh of relief.

The triple-option offense Niumatalolo runs at Navy is perplexing for defenses but would have been an odd fit in the Pac-12.

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"Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates was named Arizona's interim head coach following Rodriguez's firing, and Tate showed his support for Yates by tweeting, "#YatesForHeadCoach". He won't have to worry about it with the latest news.

Niumatalolo took over as the head coach of Navy in 2007 after Paul Johnson departed for Georgia Tech. The Wildcats fired Rich Rodriguez earlier this month with the coach in the middle of a potential lawsuit for workplace misconduct.

Arizona offered Niumatalolo the job last week, reports have said, and the reason for his decision to decline are unclear. Former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin could also be in play, here.

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