Cincinnati new home for Michigan State transfer TE Noah Davis


One of the handful of Michigan State football players who entered the portal the past few months has found a new college football home.

On Twitter Wednesday, Noah Davis (pictured, No. 84) announced that he will be transferring to Cincinnati.  Davis had entered the NCAA transfer database in mid-October.

The move is a return home as Davis played his high school football in the city of Cincinnati.

Because he is leaving the Michigan State football program as a graduate of the university, he’ll be eligible to contribute on the field for the Bearcats in 2020.  The upcoming season will be the tight ends’ final year of eligibility, unless he seeks a sixth season from the NCAA.

Davis was a three-star member of Michigan State football’s 2016 recruiting class.  He was rated as the No. 23 player at any position in the state of Ohio on the composite.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Davis played in 11 games in 2017.  An injury ended up costing him the entire 2018 season.  In 2019, he played in four games before deciding to enter the portal.

During his time in East Lansing, Davis caught three passes for 22 yards.  He also returned one kickoff for another 12 yards.

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.