No injury update on Sooners QB Trevor Knight

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Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight had to leave Saturday’s loss to Baylor in the fourth quarter due to a neck injury. Knight did not practice with the team on Monday, but head coach Bob Stoops told reporters there was no official update available for the starting quarterback. Stoops hopes to have an update to make a decision on Knight’s playing status later this week as Oklahoma prepares to play Texas Tech.

Knight has started all nine games for Oklahoma this season and has thrown for 2,197 yards and 14 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Knight has also contributed running the football with 340 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. If Knight is unable to start for the Sooners this week, then look for Stoops to put the offense in the hands of freshman Cody Thomas. Thomas has appeared in four games this season and has completed just seven of  16 passes for 50 yards. If he has to get the start, Thomas would not be going up against a  team with a no-fly zone. The Red Raiders have allowed 256.6 passing yards per game and opposing quarterbacks have a combined rating of 148.68 this season. Texas Tech has a Big 12 worst three interceptions this season

Stoops also had no updates on wide receiver Sterling Shephard or cornerback Julian Wilson. Shephard did not play for Oklahoma this past weekend against Baylor due to a nagging groin injury. Wilson broke his thumb early in the game against Baylor and was eventually given rest as the game progressed.

Helmet sticker to Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman.

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.