K-State's second-leading receiver done for the year

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The hits from Kansas State’s beatdown at the hands of Nebraska last Thursday just keep on coming as one of the Wildcats’ more productive offensive players is, as expected, done.

Head coach Bill Snyder announced Tuesday that wide receiver Brodrick Smith, who broke his leg in the loss, will miss the remainder of the 2010 season.  Smith underwent surgery to repair the damage in his leg,and is expected to be ready for spring practice next year.

“Injuries happen,” Snyder said. “You hate for it happen.You hate to see a young person who invests so much of his time and his effort and cares so much to lose the opportunity to do what he enjoys doing. I think that’s the biggest concern.”

Smith, who sat out the 2009 season after transferring from Minnesota, finishes the season with 14 receptions for 191 yards, both totals being second on the team.  His three touchdowns catches currently leads the Wildcats.

Another transfer, Chris Harper, is expected to see his role increased in the wake of Smith’s injury.  Harper sat out 2009 as well after transferring from Oregon.

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.