BYU hires Kalani Sitake as its next head coach, per the Deseret News

Former BYU fullback and current defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake is expected to be named the next BYU head football coach.

BYU has found its new head coach and after a lengthy search it is reportedly going to be Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, according to Dick Harmon of the Deseret News. There could be announcement as early as Saturday and according to Harmon, Sitake is currently assembling and negotiating his new staff.

Sitake was interviewed on Monday in Corvallis, Oregon, and was in Provo the middle of this past week to go through the process of meeting with those who are involved in naming the BYU head coach.

The former BYU fullback comes back to Provo after spending one year at Oregon State as its defensive coordinator, and prior to that we spend 10 years with Utah with the previous six as its defensive coordinator. Sitake helped Utah transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 with a defense that was competitve right away.

Sitake has an edge over Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo who interviewed for the job on Monday. Niumatalolo ran an offense that not many wanted to see and outside of being LDS has zero ties to BYU. Plus, there is recruiting where Sitake has an edge in that he is not only Polynesian but he has spent his career out West recruiting.

Harmon joined Cougar Sports to discuss the hire.


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