Extraordinarily awesome news from Navy HQ: their search for a new head coach is over after approximately sixteen minutes. 42-year-old Ken Niumatalolo, the Midshipmen's assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the past six seasons is taking over for the departing Paul Johnson. Niumatalolo is the first Polynesian head coach in the NCAA.
I was briefly saddened yesterday by Johnson's departure because of the uncertainty it left us with Navy's offense. We assumed they would continue to run the triple option in his absence but we weren't sure it would feel the same.
Now, I think it's safe to say that Navy (somehow) just got even more awesome.
The best part about this hire is that starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada is returning to the team next fall. I can only gleefully imagine a nationally televised Navy game in which Brent Musberger feebly attempts to report on the action.
"Kaheaku-Enhada looks to the sidelines for the next play, Niumatalolo sends it in. Boy, Kaipo-Noa has looked pretty quick out there today folks. Coach Niumatalolo has got to be pleased with Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada's performace todOH GOD IT HURTS!!!"
Bob Griese is covered in brains.