Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Khalil Tate Doesn't Seem to Want Arizona to Hire Ken Niumatalolo

Khalil Tate Doesn't Seem to Want Arizona to Hire Ken Niumatalolo

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Following a report that Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo was a serious candidate for the head-coaching position at Arizona, sophomore QB Khalil Tate tweeted, "I didn't come to Arizona to run the [triple] option".

Tate has also strongly advocated for defensive coordinator Marcel Yates to be his next head coach.

After Tate deleted that tweet, he quoted another tweet about Niumatalolo's candidacy and added a pithy "Okay". So a report from Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated that Yates has a lot of support within the program and is a finalist for the job is not a big surprise.

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Despite his rushing prowess, Tate expressed dismay with the thought of running Niumatalolo's triple-option offense.

Appearing in 11 games this past season for the Wildcats, Tate - a dual-threat quarterback who had almost as many rushing yards as he had passing - went 111-of-179 for 1,591 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed a solid 62 percent of his passes too, and with an eye on the next level any further development for Tate as a passer would go away under Niumatalolo. But it's a must-lie situation until a deal is done with someone, be it Niumatalolo or someone else.

Ken Niumatalolo could be the head coach of a new team soon.


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