Mickey Joseph to coach Nebraska receivers after 5 years at LSU

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LINCOLN, Neb.- Mickey Joseph, who coached wide receivers the last five seasons at LSU, will return to Nebraska as receivers coach, passing game coordinator and associate head coach under Scott Frost.

Frost, who announced Joseph’s hiring Friday, still is looking to fill three other vacancies on his coaching staff following a 3-9 season.

Joseph played quarterback for the Cornhuskers from 1988-91 and started nine games in his career.

“I am honored to return to Nebraska to join Coach Frost’s staff,” Joseph said. “I can’t wait to get to Lincoln to work with our players and represent Nebraska football. Once you are a Husker, your love for the program never leaves you, and my family and I could not be more excited.”

Joseph has a reputation for being a strong recruiter and in 2019 he coached Biletnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase on the team that won the national championship in January 2020. Chase is among four LSU receivers under Joseph who were selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.

Joseph, 53, became available because of the coaching transition underway at LSU, where Brian Kelly was hired to replace Ed Orgeron.

“Mickey Joseph brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our coaching staff,” Frost said. “He is an excellent teacher and mentor for young players and is a proven recruiter.”

Joseph joined the LSU staff in 2017 after serving as the running backs coach at Louisiana Tech in 2016. Joseph also has coached at Grambling, Alcorn State and Langston University.

Joseph was one of the most sought-after high school quarterbacks coming out of high school in New Orleans. Playing in Tom Osborne’s triple-option offense, he was the starter on the 1990 team and finished his career rushing for 1,091 yards and 16 touchdowns and passing for 909 yards and 14 touchdowns in 34 games.

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.