Ken Niumatalolo Is Reportedly A 'Serious Candidate' For Arizona Job

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Rodriguez was sacked January 2, one week after his former administrative assistant Melissa Wilhelmsen filed a notice of claim with the state attorney general's office alleging Rodriguez ran a hostile workplace.

Ken Niumatalolo was unexpectedly absent from the Navy football offices today, fueling strong speculation that he will be the next coach of the Arizona Wildcats.

But if Niumatalolo is truly the top candidate and winds up being hired, it's safe to say Tate would not be thrilled.

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After Rodriguez was sacked, Tate immediately endorsed Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates as the man to take over. Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman wrote on Friday that the coaching search at Arizona will likely wrap in the next 48 hours.

Tate tweeted out that he didn't "come to Arizona to run the triple option".

Despite his protest, Tate's skill set would seem to fit that kind of offense.

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He just gets it done. "I wasn't part of it a year ago , but I'm super excited to be back out there with the team", he said. That means converting third downs, eating up the play clock and running the ball down the throat of the Patriots' defense.

The sophomore completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Arizona let it out Friday afternoon, via ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, they have not offered the job to anyone and are still interviewing candidates. Fisch was UCLA's offensive coordinator last season and coached the Bruins in the Cactus Bowl after Jim Mora's firing but isn't expected to be retained by new coach Chip Kelly.

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