First reported by Bruce Feldman and confirmed by The Athletic, it seems Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo will be staying with the Midshipmen and won’t be accepting Arizona’s job offer.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 14, 2018
The Navy head coach had an offer in-hand and was returning to talk to his coaching staff and athletic director Chet Gladchuk before making the decision.
Statement from Coach Niumatalolo: "After much prayer and pondering it has become crystal clear that USNA is a special place with special people and I love it here. Plus, I have unfinished business!"
— Bill Wagner (@BWagner_CapGaz) January 14, 2018
Niumatalolo had also turned down a job with BYU in 2015.
So where do the Wildcats go now?
Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, Western Kentucky head coach Mike Sanford and Troy head coach Neil Brown have all been linked to the job throughout the interview process.
Dave Heeke and search firm interviewed a former UA assistant coach Saturday in Phoenix
— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) January 14, 2018