Domestic incidents nets Miss. St. LB an arrest


As the clock slowly trudges toward the start of the Fourth of July weekend — and a little trip to God’s Country for yours truly — what better way to kick the holiday festivities off than with a resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker?

Mississippi State, though, could probably think of better ways as it’s a member of its football program that’s set the ticker back to double zeros.

According to Brandon Marcello of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Bulldogs linebacker Deontae Skinner was arrested early last month and charged with simple domestic assault.

The charges stemmed from an alleged altercation with the mother of Skinner’s child.  The female, Jasmine Foote, was also arrested and hit with the same charge.  The police report stated that Skinner and Foote each had “physical marks” on their bodies.

Head coach Dan Mullen told Marcello that Skinner has not been suspended, and that any type of punishment will be handled in-house.

Last season as a redshirt freshman, Skinner played in 10 games.  He was a three-star member of MSU’s 2009 recruiting class coming out of Macon, Miss.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Arrest

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.