Longtime TCU DC Dick Bumpas to retire


Longtime TCU defensive coordinator and Gary Patterson lieutenant Dick Bumpas will retire, FootballScoop reported late Wednesday night. The school later confirmed the move to ESPN’s Max Olson.

Bumpas retires as one of the most accomplished assistants in college football. He helped TCU lead the nation in total defense three times in his 11 seasons as defensive coordinator, and the 2014 Big 12 championship-winning edition led the nation in takeaways per game. In addition to winning a share of last year’s Big 12 crown, Bumpas helped the Frogs claim three Mountain West championships.

In nearly four full decades in coaching, Bumpas was a part of teams that won titles in four separate conferences. He also was named a finalist for the Broyles Award four times.

Before arriving in Fort Worth, Bumpas worked with Patterson at Kansas State, Tennessee Tech, Utah State and Navy. He also held experience at Army, Air Force, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Houston and Western Michigan.

Alongside his longtime boss, Bumpas helped turn TCU’s trademark 4-2-5 defense into one of college football’s most consistent units.

A timetable for naming Bumpas’ replacement has not been announced. FootballScoop reported that TCU was likely to find its new coordinator within the staff.

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.