With BYU waiting to make a move in their coaching search to replace Bronco Mendenhall it is becoming more clear that their top target all along has been Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo. There has been reports of Niumatalolo showing interest in the BYU job, but there was to be no contact until after this weekends game between Army and Navy.
Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette is reporting that Niumatalolo will be arriving in Provo on Monday to tour the campus, check out the facilities and meet with athletics director Tom Holmoe. The meeting was confirmed byNiumatalolo’s agent Evan Beard.
“Kenny is doing his due diligence. He feels strongly that he needs to hear what BYU has to say,” Beard said.
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While the meeting is not taking place until after this weekends game, Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuck was not happy about the news of this meeting coming out the week of the game against their biggest rival.
“It’s an unnecessary distraction leading up to the most important game of the year,” Gladchuk said. “I’m disappointed the players and assistant coaches have to deal with this at a time when everyone’s complete attention should be on beating Army.”
This also creates another distraction for the BYU players and the coaches fate which is unclear as they prepare to play Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl.