Browsing: Ken Niumatalolo

Seven news bites as the first Commander in Chief’s Trophy battle nears: 1. Sad Navy news. Navy slotback John Howell’s football career likely ended Saturday. The senior suffered a right knee injury in the first quarter against San Jose State and was helped off the field; he watched Monday’s workout from the sidelines on crutches, according to this Washington Times report, and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said Howell wouldn’t play again this season. Howell racked up more than 500 yards rushing at Navy, including 60 this season on just six carries. Expect junior Darius Staten and senior Bo Snelson…

What Navy fans need to know as the Mids dip down into the Football Championship Subdivision in search of their first win. Who, where, when: Virginia Military Institute (1-2) at Navy (0-2), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Eastern. TV: CBS Sports Network (Grant Boone and Todd Christensen have the call). Series: Navy’s never lost to VMI (8-0). Trey and turnovers: VMI may not be a top-tier opponent, but mistakes don’t discriminate — Navy will need to control the football to avoid an upset. Both Washington papers, Post and Times, seized on the scariest stat for Navy fans: The Mids are dead last…

A quick look ahead at Navy’s first football game in North America this season: Who, where, when: Navy (0-1) at Penn State (0-2), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Navy last played PSU in 1974, earning a 7-6 upset win in Happy Valley. TV: ABC or ESPN2 (Check local listings; Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham have the call). Gambling is illegal in most states: Penn State is a six-point favorite. Speaking of points …: They’ve been hard to come by for both teams in this young season — Navy barely cracked double digits against Notre Dame, falling 50-10, and the Nittany Lions…

Four quick hits to start the week before kickoff: 1. Irish saving on airline tickets. Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood, the projected starter for the Irish after topping 1,000 yards on the ground last season, was suspended Sunday for the first two games of 2012, including Saturday’s contest against Navy in Dublin, according to multiple reports. Wood will sit because of unspecified rules violations and will be joined on the sideline by reserve defensive end Justin Utupo, also out for unspecified reasons. But that’s nowhere near the full list. Also suspended for Dublin are quarterback Tommy Rees and…

All good speculative offseason college football posts need a gimmick, and CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd has a great one: Ranking every Football Bowl Subdivision coach’s job security. The 2012 Coach Hot Seat Ratings include few surprises — Nick Saban’s job at Alabama is safe, oddly enough — and they bode well for Air Force head man Troy Calhoun, who joins Saban and 29 other coaches with 0.0 ratings, or “can’t be touched.” That’s an improvement from a 0.5 score last year. Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo went the opposite direction after posting his first losing season at Navy, moving from a 0.5 in…

The Sporting News just released its ranking of all 124 college football coaches. It gives new meaning to the word “complete.” Also, possibly new meaning to the word “long.” We’ll simplify for you service academy football fans: Air Force gets bragging rights, with head coach Troy Calhoun checking in at No. 29. Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo checks in at No. 35, while Army’s Rich Ellerson rounds out the academy pack at 79. The SN folks don’t spell out their methodology, but if you went by traditional metrics — you know, like their records from last year — you’d have the same…

The Naval Academy announced today that defensive end Joshua Jones has left the team. Coach Ken Niumatalolo said in a statement that Jones decided to focus on finishing his graduation requirements and wished him well. Jones appeared in nine games in 2011, recording 25 tackles and one sack. Navy’s spring game is April 14 and the Mids open the season against Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept 1. H/T Collegefootball Talk

USA Today’s cover story on rising salaries for college football head coaches held few surprises: The heads of massive programs in the Big 12, Big Ten and Southeastern Conference make the most, while folks in the Sun Belt and other lower-level conferences are in the low six figures. Among the service academies, it’s no surprise that Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo leads the pack. After racking up 27 wins in his first three seasons — the best start for a coach in school history — Niumatalolo signed a contract extension in April. According to USA Today’s figures, he’ll make $1,538,190 in 2011.…

It was a bad weekend for the service academy football teams. Very bad. Army lost to previously winless Miami (Ohio). Air Force got smoked by Notre Dame. Navy was trounced at home by Southern Miss. And on top of all of that, the military’s biggest MMA star — former Marine officer and Silver Star recipient Brian Stann — was soundly defeated Saturday night at UFC 136. Stann handled The only of the above events I watched was Stann’s loss, which was somewhat stunning. It wasn’t surprising that Stann lost — he was the underdog — but it was shocking to see Chael…

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