Navy's Ken Niumatalolo emerges as top candidate at Arizona, report says

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The Midshipmen's head coach has made a decision on the Power 5 job.


Niumatalolo, who is Mormon, has entertained coaching opportunities outside of Annapolis before, most seriously when the head-coaching vacancy opened at Brigham Young in 2015.

Niumatalolo, though, has chose to stay put.

Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate had a negative response on social media Friday to rumors of Navy's Ken Niumatalolo becoming the next head coach at Arizona. He threw for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions and added 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing in 11 games overall last season.

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Jason Scheer of reported Friday that Niumatalolo was offered the job on Thursday.

This news should be pleasing to at least one Arizona player.

Niumatalolo has been the head coach at Navy for the past 10 years.

Update: Just like that, Arizona is again searching for a leading candidate to take over its football team - or the Wildcats are actually on the verge of hiring someone else. Niumatalolo has compiled an 84-48 record across 10 seasons at Navy. The Navy coach is known for his triple-option attack, but it is not known whether or not he would bring that offensive scheme to Arizona. Two years ago, he had an offer on the table from BYU, but ultimately opted to stay at Navy.