2012 preseason watch lists repository

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For those who are interested in these types of things — and don’t tell me you’re not because you’re reading this — here are links to the college football awards that have released their 2011 preseason watch lists.  The dates for the various awards will be added as they become available:

May 7 — Lott Impact Trophy
May 24 — Rimington Trophy
July — 9 Maxwell Award
July 9 — Bednarik Award
July 10 — Mackey Award
July 10 — Rimington Trophy (second release)
July 11 — Groza Award
July 11– Guy Award
July 12 — Outland Trophy
July 12 — Nagurski Award
July 13 — Thorpe Award
July 16 — Lombardi Award
July 16 — Butkus Award
July 17 — Biletnikoff Award
July 18 — Davey O’Brien Award
July 19 — Doak Walker Award
July 20 — Walter Camp Award

(pictured: Andrew Luck, with his 2011 Maxwell Award)

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.