Nix's Ole Miss loyalty earns DC big pay bump


In late January, a little over a month after he was rumored to be a candidate to replace Charlie Strong as Florida’s defensive coordinator, Tyrone Nix was given a contract extension and pay raise by Ole Miss.

At the time, the school did not release the financials details of the extension that could keep the coordinator through the 2012 season.  Now, however, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger has obtained the details of Nix’s new deal.

And, indeed, Nix made out well, thanks in large part to the interest he’d drawn from the Gators.

In 2009, Nix made $365,000 as the Rebels’ coordinator.  According to the Clarion-Ledger, Nix will now make $500,000 a year per the tweaked contract.

Nix will far and away be the highest-paid assistant on Houston Nutt‘s staff, outdistancing offensive line/assistant head coach Mike Markuson‘s $320,000 annual pay.

New offensive coordinator Dave Rader‘s two-year contract is worth $275,000 annually.

All told, Ole Miss will spend a little more than $2.1 million on their assistants.  Nutt will pull down roughly $2.6 million in 2010.

Former Navy coach Niumatalolo joins UCLA staff

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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, Jon Sumrall agree to new 4-year contract through 2026

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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.