Navy coach rips Pentagon over CIC, apologizes

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Air Drive will vie for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy by taking part in simply two soccer video games this fall — towards Navy and Military — and Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo mentioned it is unfair, blaming officers on the Pentagon for making “this a navy deal,” earlier than later apologizing.Niumatalolo’s grievance is that Navy (11 video games) and Military (12) are taking part in full schedules this fall, but Air Drive might stroll away with the prize if it wins the 2 video games. The Falcons play within the Mountain West Convention, which postponed its soccer season.”The place else within the nation would you play for one thing of worth and everyone’s schedules usually are not the identical?” Niumatalolo informed reporters Monday. “That is the No. 1 factor we battle for yearly — the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. We’re taking part in a full schedule. You bought Air Drive taking part in simply two video games? I do not assume these folks care.”… That is above us. That is guys on the Pentagon making selections. I don’t know the place they’re getting their knowledge from. They did not get it from me, so they don’t seem to be getting any soccer knowledge. Like I mentioned, no person requested me.”1 RelatedNiumatalolo, saying he “was simply pissed off and let my feelings get the very best of me,” later apologized for his remarks.”I mustn’t have mentioned a few of the stuff I mentioned and I am sorry I did,” Niumatalolo informed the Capital Gazette on Monday night time. “The Pentagon has nothing to do with this and it was incorrect of me to counsel that was the case. … I typically get myself in bother by talking my thoughts. This was an occasion after I ought to have stored my ideas to myself.”Air Drive is about to host Navy on Oct. 3, and the Falcons will play Military on Nov. 7. Military will face Navy on Dec. 12.Navy received the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in 2019 after Military claimed it in back-to-back years, ending a 21-year drought. Air Drive received its most up-to-date Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in 2016.Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk informed the Baltimore Solar that superintendents from all three service academies agreed to go forth with the plan, however that did not cease Niumatalolo from criticizing the choice.”I don’t know who made these selections. In all probability guys [in the Pentagon] who must be making selections on extra necessary issues than soccer,” Niumatalolo mentioned previous to his apology. “I want they’d fear about stuff apart from soccer and allow us to make soccer selections. To me, that ought to have been among the many [athletic directors] and head coaches.”To me, these guys making selections have by no means performed soccer of their life. They do not know how bodily soccer is. We’re not taking part in croquet or something. Soccer is a troublesome, bodily recreation. Individuals made selections on this that haven’t any clue what they’re doing or speaking about with sports activities. They made this a navy deal. It isn’t a navy deal.”I am accomplished talking my thoughts. I am positive I am going to get reprimanded. I am simply the pinnacle soccer coach, however that is how I truthfully really feel. It isn’t proper.”

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