Ken Niumatalolo: 'Air Force (is) not getting in that many homes'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Monday December 17, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 17, 2012
When you coach Navy, things are different sometimes.
Take this week for instance. The Midshipmen are practicing from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. each day to get ready for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl because any other schedule would interfere with the school's rigorous final exam schedule.
"Nobody else in the country is having our bowl practice, I can tell you that," coach Ken Niumatalolo said Monday after the early morning workout. "We could practice during the day but somebody would always miss. We could go earlier and practice at 4:30 and get a two-hour practice but then they would have just gone to sleep at 1 a.m. from exams."
The Midshipmen are coming off their 10th straight win against Army, a game that traditionally puts Navy's coaching a week behind in recruiting because it happens a week after most teams in the country have finished their regular seasons. Air Force, which is one of Navy's chief rivals for recruits, has been finished since Nov. 24, but Niumatalolo believes all the attention paid to the annual game against Army more than makes up for the lost recruiting time.
"Even though we are a couple weeks behind Air Force, the exposure that us and Army get is great," he said. "I don't care how many coaches Air Force has, they are not going to get in that many homes. The exposure has been unbelievable for us in recruiting."
Beating Arizona State in California (the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is played in San Francisco) would be another big recruiting boost for Navy, Niumatalolo said.
"We're going to Pac-12 country," he said. "This would be a huge win for us, but it's going to be hard."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org