A potential favorite has reportedly emerged for open Cal head coaching job Rob Carr/Getty Images
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 10: Head coach Ken Niumatalolo of the Navy Midshipmen walks off the field after losing to the Army Black Knights at M&T Bank Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

It looks like a favorite may be emerging for the currently vacant Cal Bears head coaching position.

According to, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is considered a “strong candidate” for the Cal job. Niumatalolo has been at Navy for the past nine seasons, but has stayed put at the Academy despite his name being in coaching rumors for several seasons.

The move could be very interesting for Cal, as Niumatalolo runs the triple-option based offense that he learned from current Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. A Pac-12 team going to an option offense amid all of the passing that usually dominates that conferences would be an interesting move.

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Niumatalolo is 77-42 in his nine seasons at Navy, and he has been at the school for nearly 20 seasons total as both the head coach and as an assistant.

Cal has also reportedly been interested in Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, but Mason said on Wednesday that he has no plans to leave Nashville.

Cal fired head coach Sonny Dykes on Sunday after four seasons. Dykes was 19-30 in his tenure.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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