It was the perception that Auburn was the leading contender for the services of quarterback Cam Newton, the top JUCO prospect in the country.
As it turns out, that perception was very much reality.
According to multiple recruiting websites, the former Florida Gator has committed to Auburn this evening. Mississippi State and Oklahoma were also in the running at various points, although it was reported last week that Newton had dropped the Sooners and was down to just the Tigers and Bulldogs.
Newton holds Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn in high regard, and the relationship he’s fostered with the coordinator played a big role in his decision.
“Coach Malzahn, honestly in my opinion, is one of the top up and coming coordinators in the country,” Newton told Scout.com. “It’s getting real big at Auburn.”
Newton will have two years of eligibility remaining, and will enroll at Auburn in January and participate in spring practice as the battle begins to find a replacement for departing starter Chris Todd.
LOS ANGELES – Former Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is joining UCLA’s coaching staff as director of leadership.
The school said in an announcement Friday that Niumatalolo will serve as an advisor to the Bruins’ football staff and players.
Niumatalolo led Navy for 15 years and was the winningest coach in school history at 109-83. The Midshipmen, however, finished with losing records the past three seasons, including 4-8 the past two.
Navy played in 10 bowl games under Niumatalolo. He also was the only coach to win his first eight games in the storied Army-Navy rivalry.
TROY, Ala. — Jon Sumrall agreed to a new four-year contract as Troy’s coach after leading the Trojans to a Sun Belt Conference championship and national ranking in his debut season.
The school announced the deal, which runs through 2026, but didn’t release details.
The Trojans went 12-2 and won their final 11 games, second only to national champion Georgia, including the league championship game and the Cure Bowl against UTSA. For the first time, they finished a season ranked, ending up 19th in The Associated Press Top 25.
“When we appointed Coach Sumrall in December 2021, we challenged him to return Troy football to the top of the Sun Belt Conference,” Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said. “It didn’t take long, as the 2022 season was the best in our FBS history.”
Troy held all 14 of its opponents to under their season average in scoring, beating UTSA 18-12. The Trojans beat Coastal Carolina 45-26 in the Sun Belt title game.
“Last year was an amazing accomplishment for everyone associated with Troy football and was the product of relentless effort from our players and staff, athletic administration and university leaders,” Sumrall said.