Niumatalolo no longer a candidate for UA coaching job


Ken Niumatalolo isn't going anywhere. Before taking over in 2007, Niumatalolo served as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 2002 up until that point.

The Arizona job came open when Rich Rodriguez was sacked January 2 amid allegations of sexual misconduct brought by a former athletic department employee.

Niumatalolo, though, has made a decision to stay put.

"Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Arizona job".

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

This news should be pleasing to at least one Arizona player. "He will remain with the Mids for an 11th season", Rittenberg reported.

Niumatalolo has gone 84-48 as Navy's head coach, and has been the subject of interest from bigger schools before. Despite since-deleted Twitter outcry from QB Khalil Tate - who wrote to social media that he did not come to Arizona to run the triple option - it looks like this one has some momentum behind it.

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. He interviewed extensively at BYU two years ago, before ultimately deciding to stay at Navy.