Browsing: Ken Niumatalolo

Want to know every storyline for this year’s Army-Navy game? You’ve come to the right place. I’m going to break the main talking points my own lazy unique style, and you can feel free to use these facts to bore amaze your family and friends on Saturday! This game, with0ut question, is one of sports’ greatest rivalries. But … Navy has won the last eight Army-Navy games. Army has never been closer than 12 points those games. In the past three years, Army has failed to even score a touchdown. So some of the luster of rivalry is lost, whether…

Navy Associate Athletic Director Scott Strasemeier said Friday that head football coach Ken Niumatalolo has not interviewed with Minnesota for their football coach opening. Rivals.com college football reporter Tom Dienhart wrote on his Twitter feed that a source told him Niumatalolo was a finalist for the Minnesota job after his interview. Strasemeier, however, said Minnesota had not asked permission from Navy to interview their coach per NCAA regulations. In fact, no other university has asked to speak with Niumatalolo. Not that Strasemeier doesn’t expect Navy’s coach to get attention from other schools at the end of the season. “This is…

Ricky Dobbs’ final home game for Navy was a memorable one. The senior quarterback passed for a touchdown and ran for three more while rolling up 318 total yards, a career high, and led Navy to a 35-19 victory over Arkansas State at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Dobbs is part of a historic senior class that was recognized prior to the game. The 23 Navy seniors have won 33 games overall, including two memorable wins against Notre Dame. The seniors won three Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies, never lost to Army and appeared in four consecutive bowl games. “These guys have done a lot,”…

Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs came into this season with very high expectations, but he’s struggling mightily right now. Whether it’s injuries, offensive line woes or defensive adjustments to Navy’s gameplan, Dobbs has not looked like the dynamic player some were calling a sleeper candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Dobbs is averaging only 2.4 yards per carry, and has thrown three interceptions to just one touchdown. Fullback Vince Murray has more rushing yards than Dobbs — on 40 fewer carries. Dobbs and the Navy offense have been particularly ineffective in the red zone, and the Mids rank 110th in the nation…

I’m a bit surprised more hasn’t been made about Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo’s encounter with a ref at halftime during Monday’s game with Maryland. Navy’s coach was visibly upset after the clock ran out before he could get his field goal team on the field. It appears from the video above that Niumatalolo angrily bumps his hat against the ref’s forehead, gritting his teeth with a crazed look in his eyes. Navy was not penalized for the encounter when the second half started. It’s surprising, though, there have been no reports that any NCAA governing body is reviewing the tape…

I believe in moral victories. This wasn’t one. But Navy’s season is far from ruined after a 17-14 loss to Maryland on Monday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The unbeaten season nonsense, the Dobbs for Heisman impossible dream — all of that is dead now. But nothing that happened today leads me to believe that Navy can’t still end up with 9-10 wins and a bowl berth. Between an inept start on defense, a missed field goal and four red zone drives that ended in zero points, the Mids did about all they could to lose this game. But…

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Don’t expect Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun to be confined to 140 characters. He told the Colorado Springs Gazette that, unlike other Mountain West coaches, he will not start his own Twitter account, but he will not ban his players from starting their own. The Air Force football team has its own Twitter account, although @AFFalcons is leaving its 17 followers wanting more with only 19 tweets in the past year. Army football coach Rich Ellerson has his own Twitter account, but someone might want to tell him. @RichEllerson has 12 followers, even though he…

Want to catch an early glimpse of quarterback Ricky Dobbs’ run to Navy’s first Heisman Trophy since Roger Staubach? Navy released its preseason practice schedule as Coach Ken Niumatalolo gets the Midshipmen ready for the upcoming season. The annual Blue & Gold game will be held on Aug. 14 in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Aug. 20 and 27 scrimmages will be closed to the public as Niumatalolo fine-tunes his game plan for the Labor Day opener against Maryland. Navy is an early 7-point favorite against the Terps. Full schedule after the jump.

CBSsports.com columnist Gregg Doyel has weighed in on the Ricky Dobbs For Heisman movement that has gained steam recently (there’s even a Twitter account pushing for Dobbs). Turns out Doyel is onboard, although he has no illusion about how difficult it will be for Dobbs to garner serious consideration. “This is a long shot, of course. You know it. I know it. Even Dobbs knows it, ” Doyel writes. “He’s a confident sort — in his official bio at Navy he not only says he wants to be President of the United States, he tells us which year he wants…

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