Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo staying with Midshipmen


Possible reasons the deal with Arizona fell apart include Niumatalolo's desire to remain at Navy, where he has been on staff for 20 years; and differences of opinion about Niumatalolo's offensive philosophy.

Niumatalolo, though, has chose to stay put.

In a statement to the Capital Gazette of Annapolis (via the Arizona Daily Star), Niumatalolo said, "After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear that USNA is a special place with special people, and I love it here".

The Arizona Wildcats' head coaching search continues as Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has declined an offer from the school to become the next head coach.

Niumatalolo has been extremely successful in his time at Navy.

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Gladchuk commented on Niumatalolo's announcement with a text on Sunday: "First of all the Coach never mentioned to me he was going anywhere".

Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez earlier this month in the wake of a sexual harassment allegation the university began investigating in October, and a recent notice of a hostile-workplace lawsuit to be filed against Rodriguez. Since taking over for Paul Johnson when Johnson went to Georgia Tech, Niumatalolo has racked up an 84-48 record with the Midshipmen.

Niumatalolo withdrew his name from consideration for the Arizona job and remains at Navy where he has spent the last 10 seasons, FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman and ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported on Sunday.

As for the unfinished business Niumatalolo referred to in his text messages, Navy has lost the past two Army-Navy games.