- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2009

From combined dispatches

On the heels of a successful first season, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo was rewarded with a contract extension Wednesday. Terms were not released.

Niumatalolo picked up right where predecessor Paul Johnson left off. The Hawaii native guided the Midshipmen to an 8-5 record, including wins over rivals Air Force and Army, resulting in a school-record sixth consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.

“Rare is the case when a major coaching transition at this level of competition results in the extraordinary success we realized this past season under Kenny’s leadership,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement.

Niumatalolo’s eight wins are the most by a first-year Navy coach since 1926, when Bill Ingram led the Mids to a 9-0-1 record, and he is just the second coach in service academy history to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first year.

“The Naval Academy is a special place, and I have no desire to coach anywhere else in the country,” Niumatalolo said. “This mutual commitment is a clear sign of the future direction of this storied program.”

BOSTON COLLEGE: Days after he was warned of dismissal if he interviewed for the coaching job with the New York Jets, Jeff Jagodzinski was fired.

BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo told Jagodzinski on Saturday his job would be in jeopardy if he went through with the Jets interview. Jagodzinski met with the Jets on Tuesday night.

A few hours later, at a Wednesday morning meeting, DeFilippo told Jagodzinski he was out.

“We’re really good friends, and this is a very difficult thing to do,” DeFilippo said at a news conference. “We will find somebody who really wants to be at Boston College and will be here for the length of their contract.”

VIRGINIA: Junior wide receiver Kevin Ogletree is leaving to enter the NFL Draft after leading the Cavaliers with 58 receptions this season.

Ogletree finished fifth in the ACC in catches and third in receiving yards with 723. He sat out 2007 with a broken leg.

“Kevin has been a significant part of our team,” coach Al Groh said. “He was a strong performer and an excellent teammate. Kevin … feels this is the appropriate time for him to move on; we agree and support him in his decision and wish him much success.”

GEORGIA: Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno are leaving for the NFL Draft.

Stafford and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford may be the two top quarterbacks in the draft if Bradford also declares early. Detroit has the No. 1 pick and could use a quarterback.

Moreno had 1,400 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns this season to join Herschel Walker as the only players in school history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

LOUISVILLE Quarterback Matt Simms, son of former Super Bowl MVP and CBS analyst Phil Simms, will transfer from the Cardinals.

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