The front runner for the job, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, turned down the job and will remain in his current position. In a text with an ESPN reporter, Niumatalolo confirmed he was staying at Navy.
Niumatalolo was considered to be a strong candidate for the opening with the Wildcats, but Sunday morning reports emerged that he was no longer in contention for the job. "Plus, I have unfinished business", Niumatalolo said in a statement, via Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette.
Niumatalolo is the winningest coach in Navy football history, with an 84-47 record and nine bowl appearances in 10 seasons.More news: CES 2018: Power Outage, Heavy Rains, and Traffic Creates Problems
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As an offensive specialist who runs the triple-option offense, Niumatalolo's name created quite a stir on social media when his name was brought up surrounding the Arizona job.
Gladchuk commented on Niumatalolo's announcement with a text on Sunday: "First of all the Coach never mentioned to me he was going anywhere".
Niumatalolo has been extremely successful in his time at Navy.
Arizona is looking for a replacement for Rich Rodriguez, who was sacked January 2 after a USA Today story revealed the school had hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation into alleged workplace misconduct and a change of sexual harassment against Rodriguez by a former administrative assistant. The former Arizona coach has admitted to having an affair.