Beavers QB Seth Collins has ‘setback’ stretching; status for Utes uncertain


Children, have at a couple of words in the headline while the adults discuss the real issue.  Or what could be a real issue for Oregon State.

In a disappointing 2-5 first season under Gary Andersen, Seth Collins has been one of the few bright spots for the western OSU.  In his first season as the starting quarterback, the true freshman has struggled at times in the passing game — completed 52 percent of his passes, six touchdowns vs. four interceptions — but leads the Beavers in rushing yards (536) and rushing touchdowns (five).

With a game against Utah in Salt Lake City in the offing, Collins’ status for the game is up in the air.  Why? Gina Mizell of The Oregonian explains that “Collins did not practice Thursday due to an undisclosed injury ‘setback’ sustained during stretching.”

OK then.

“I have no idea,” Andersen said when asked about Collins’ availability for Saturday. “He left the field even before stretch was over with, and (I) haven’t seen him since. We’ll have to get updates from (Dr. Doug Aukerman) as we move forward. I’m always optimistic.”

If Collins is unable to go, Nick Mitchell would start in his stead. Mitchell is a redshirt freshman who has thrown 24 passes this season, all of which came last week in the loss to Colorado. He completed nine of those passes for 122 yards and an interception

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.