Seth Collins abruptly decides to leave the Beavers


Seth Collins began the 2015 season looking like he may be the answer at the all-important quarterback position for Oregon State.  Now, Collins will begin the 2016 offseason looking for a new place to play football.

In a move that seemingly came out of nowhere, OSU announced that Collins has elected to leave the Beavers and continue his playing career elsewhere.  No reason was given for the decision, although there was speculation late last year that the coaching staff was considering moving Collins to receiver.

Whether that potential created some dissension between the two sides is unknown.

“Seth has made the decision to transfer and we wish him good luck,” head coach Gary Andersen said in a rather brief and terse statement.

“I thank Oregon State for a great year,” Collins said in his. “But it is in my best interest to pursue my education and football somewhere else.”

Collins, a two-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class coming out of high school in California, started the first seven games of his true freshman season. However, a knee injury knocked him out of the next four, with Nick Mitchell taking over as the starter.

Despite missing one-third of the season, Collins led the team with 575 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns. In fact, he had more than half of the Beavers’ 15 rushing touchdowns.

Collins struggled in the passing game, however. He completed under 52 percent of his attempts, and had just six touchdown passes vs. four interceptions. If he had enough attempts to qualify, he would’ve been 101st in the country in passing efficiency.

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.