Iowa to likely be sans leading receiver for spring


Not that it really matters all that much, given the player’s extensive experience at this level, but Iowa could very well be without their leading receiver when spring practice opens next month.

According to Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, senior-to-be Marvin McNutt underwent surgery recently to repair damage to his thumb and shoulder.  As a result of the procedures, the wide receiver will very likely be held out of the spring sessions.

McNutt should be completely healthy for the start of summer camp in a few months, however.

Perhaps the only issue with McNutt presumably being unable to participate in spring ball is the fact that the Hawkeyes will be breaking in a new starting quarterback.  Three-year starter Ricky Stanzi‘s eligibility expired and the spring would’ve provided a significant opportunity for McNutt to get a jumpstart on his on-field relationship with James Vandenberg or whoever ultimately emerges as Stanzi’s replacement.

Last season, McNutt’s 53 receptions and 861 receiving yards paced the Hawkeyes.  His eight touchdown receptions were good for second on the team.

Former Navy coach Niumatalolo joins UCLA staff

ken niumatalolo
Getty Images

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

troy football
Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports

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.