We're now prepared to enter day three of KENWATCH, as Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is deliberating over whether he will stay at Navy, or coach at BYU. According to one of the most plugged in sources in the industry though, BYU has a plan, and a bit of a pecking order here. Here's what our friends at Football Scoop had to say this morning:
Sources tell us that Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake is prepared, and is expected to become the next head coach at BYU, in the event that Ken Niumatalolo turns the job down.
What does this mean, besides that you should be following Football Scoop? It would seem to imply that BYU did, in fact, offer the job to Ken Niumatalolo when he was in Provo on Monday. The most recent column from Navy beat writer Bill Wagner would also seem give credence to that idea. From Monday night, where Wagner reports that Niumatalolo spoke with Navy AD Chet Gladchuck after his trip to Provo:
"I met with Kenny and we had a very good discussion," Gladchuk said on Tuesday night. "We talked about a few things and I am very hopeful that, after careful consideration, he decides to remain at the Naval Academy."
If Niumatalolo has a decision to make that could mean he was offered the head coaching job at BYU. The Cougars are searching for a new coach after Bronco Mendenhall resigned to take the job at Virginia.
Given that this entire process has played out in public, it might be a little embarrassing for BYU to swing and miss on Niumatalolo, but BYU also had to settle for its second choice when they hired Bronco Mendenhall, and that still turned out pretty well for the Cougars. Speaking for myself here, if Sitake is the guy, BYU will be hiring a fine coach with a lot of potential and upside.
If, for whatever reason, neither coach ends up taking this job, then things have the potential to get a little weird, but if this report is accurate, things shouldn't get to that point.