College football in the spring? It’s yet another idea being floated


What happens when the Third Saturday in October is played in April? An Army-Navy Game over Easter weekend? A full lineup of bowl games in May?

We do not yet know if the upcoming college football season is going to be able to kick off as currently scheduled or not. As each day passes by, the question continues to be discussed as the powers that be are working hard to figure out if the season can go on as planned or what to do if it cannot. There is no shortage of options being discussed, whether as serious options or just spitballing to see what ideas can possibly stick.

One option that has apparently been discussed to some degree has been moving the upcoming season to the spring. According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, one anonymous Group of 5 president has had that conversation with another university president.

McMurphy is right. It is too early to start thinking that a full college football season could be transplanted to the spring, and how much of a logistical issue that may be. But it certainly does not hurt to have any idea being discussed now so that any alternative options can be executed cleanly if needed.

Schools will do just about anything it can to get a college football season on the field, no matter when it has to be played. That is because the financial impact of losing a college football season would be a disaster. The absence of a football season could be even more of a blow to Group of Five conferences and their members as they do not get the typical media rights revenue schools from the power conferences receive. The NCAA revenue distribution has already taken a massive hit with the loss of the men’s basketball tournament, making the need for football revenue even more vital to some schools.

Some schools are already canceling their summer sessions, which is yet another ominous sign that football is facing some scheduling concerns. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, there are more pressing issues to focus on combating before any thought of football can be addressed.

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.