USF’s 2-for-1 series deals are quite lucrative for the Bulls


Doubling up is making a ton of financial sense for South Florida when it comes to their future schedule.

While much has been written recently about UCF being upset with USF’s propensity to schedule Power Five opponents in a 2-for-1 series instead of home-and-homes, the moves are paying off for the Bulls in dollars and cents. Game contracts obtained by the Tampa Bay Times show that the school will receive some $1.15 million for the final contest (at Hard Rock Stadium) of their upcoming three game series against Miami.

That’s slightly less than the $1.2 million the program will net in a similar arrangement with Louisville. USF athletic director Michael Kelly also confirmed another $1 million is guaranteed for a 2026 game at Alabama as well.

Add in the revenues the program expects to keep for home games against those same opponents and it’s easy to see why USF seems to have no issues committing to similar 2-for-1 deals against big name schools.

Such seven-figure sums aren’t always guaranteed for AAC programs hitting the road so it seems like USF has found a formula that works for them even if their I-4 rival is no fan of such deals.

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.