OU’s David Boren: I wouldn’t take Big 12 expansion as a sure thing


Oklahoma president David Boren has never been shy about expressing his opinions with regard to expansion in the Big 12, but even he is not convinced it is a given the conference that is home to the Sooners will expand its membership. Asked about his thoughts on the possibility of the conference expanding following a regents meeting today, Boren suggested it is far from a guaranteed development.

“I wouldn’t take expansion as a given,” Boren said according to Eric Bailey of Tulsa World (via Twitter). “I wouldn’t take it as a sure thing.”

Keep in mind that Boren has always been on the record of being in favor of conference expansion for the Big 12, although he has also suggested the Big 12 is in no danger of collapsing either. It was Boren who helped ignite expansion talks by suggesting the Big 12 was “psychologically disadvantaged” compared to other power conferences.

The top candidates for expansion appear to be Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, UConn, UCF and USF. A number of other Big 12-hopefuls have been in the mix to some degree or another but schools like East Carolina and Memphis have fallen out of contention as the Big 12 continues to evaluate its options.

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.