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

Nov 25 2017 Tempe AZ USA Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate prior to the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In a text with an ESPN reporter, Niumatalolo confirmed he was staying at Navy.

Niumatalolo released a statement to the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland: "After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear that USNA is a special place with special people, and I love it here. Plus I have unfinished business to finish", Niumatalolo explained to Dinich on Sunday morning. Navy opens its 2018 season with a trip to Niumatalolo's home state to play his alma mater, Hawaii.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who was mulling an offer to become Arizona's head football coach, has chose to stay with the Midshipmen.

Rodriguez was sacked January 2 after he was accused in a $7.5 million claim against him by a former administrative assistant of sexual harassment and running a hostile workplace at Arizona.

This is the second time in recent years the coach has flirted with an outside job opportunity.

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.

The former quarterback is the winningest coach in Navy football history, compiling an 84-48 record and nine bowl appearances in a decade-long tenure. In his first full season with Navy the following season, Niumatalolo led the school to an 8-5 mark and lost to Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl, now known as the Military Bowl.

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