Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo out as candidate for Arizona job

Ebony Scott
January 15, 2018

According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is no longer a candidate for the head coaching position.

"After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear the USNA is a special place with special people and I LOVE IT HERE!" he texted on Sunday.

Arizona's offense won't be based out of the triple option. In his first full season with Navy the following season, Niumatalolo led the school to an 8-5 mark and lost to Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl, now known as the Military Bowl.

Niumatalolo's decision means he'll return to Navy for his 11th season.

Khalil Tate is Arizona's gunslinger. The Midshipmen run a version of the triple-option, which is standard at service academies but rare at Power Five programs.

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It's unclear where Arizona's head coaching search will go from here.

A report on Friday said that Niumatalolo had been offered the Arizona job.

Arizona now must turn its attention elsewhere in a coaching search that's approaching two weeks after the January 2 firing of Rich Rodriguez. The Wildcats fired Rich Rodriguez earlier this month with the coach in the middle of a potential lawsuit for workplace misconduct.

Arizona hired a search firm to assist with a national search to find a new coach.

Niumatalolo, a disciple of former UA coach Dick Tomey, is believed to be interviewing and is considered one of the finalists.

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