Navy soccer coach Ken Niumatalolo emerged Friday because the main candidate to exchange ousted Wealthy Rodriguez at Arizona, the Arizona Day by day Star reported.
Niumatalolo, 84-47 in 10 years in Annapolis, has been supplied the job, the Star reported, citing an unidentified supply near the scenario.
A disciple of longtime Arizona coach Dick Tomey, Niumatalolo, 52, is a powerful proponent of a run-oriented possibility offense that has made the academy a powerful program, yr in and yr out, evidenced by the very fact the Midshipmen have certified for bowls in 9 of his 10 seasons.
Nonetheless, the Star reported that Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate — who threw for 1,591 yards and rushed for 1,411 extra in a breakout sophomore season in 2017 — tweeted Friday that he did not come to Arizona to run the triple possibility. He has since deleted the tweet.
Niumatalolo has been linked to openings earlier than however solely on uncommon events has gone as far as to interview — most notably at BYU two years in the past — and to date has remained at Navy. He additionally was linked to latest openings at Oregon, Oregon State and Cal, a clue that he is perhaps concerned about transferring to a Energy 5 convention.
Niumatalolo, Jedd Fisch and interim coach Marcel Yates have interviewed for the Arizona job. Fisch was UCLA’s offensive coordinator final season and coached the Bruins within the Cactus Bowl after Jim Mora’s firing however is not anticipated to be retained by new coach Chip Kelly. It is unclear, the Star famous, if Yates is being significantly thought-about by athletic director Dave Heeke.
Rodriguez was fired Jan. 2 after he was accused in a $7.5 million declare in opposition to him by a former administrative assistant of sexual harassment and operating a hostile office at Arizona.