SEC Media Days schedule announced


Mark your calendars, folks. The schedule for SEC Media Days has been set.

The three days filled with all things SEC football will take place from July 17-19 in Hoover, Ala., this year. Of all the preseason media trips, SEC Media Days is undoubtedly the Mecca. With Missouri and Texas A&M being the newest additions, there will be plenty to talk about… when coaches aren’t discussing four-year scholarships, paying athletes and the like, of course.

Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, July 17
1st session — South Carolina, Texas A&M
2nd session — Missouri, Vanderbilt

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
1st session — Florida, Mississippi State
2nd session — Arkansas, Kentucky
3rd session — Auburn, LSU

Thursday, July 19, 2012
1st session — Alabama, Tennessee
2nd session — Ole Miss, Georgia

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.