Bubba Watson earns first tournament win in almost two years at Genesis Open

February 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA. Bubba Watson tips his visor on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 18, 2018. Jevone Moore
February 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Bubba Watson putting on the 18th green for the win during final round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 18, 2018. Jevone Moore

Pacific Palisades, CA – After years of self doubt and hard work, an emotional Bubba Watson claims the 2018 Genesis Open title.

“I have so many feelings going through my head right now,’” said Watson.

Watson played a brilliant 4 days of golf and with a care-free look to his game, he looked in control, like Watson had fans accustomed to seeing him. It’s his third win at Riviera Country Club (2014, 2016, 2018).

Watson was able to grab a hold of the lead on hole 13 when the home-grown and UCLA product  Patrick Cantlay bogeyed. Watson was able to hold his par to keep him at -10.

February 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Bubba Watson plays his shot from the 17th tee during final round day of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 18, 2018. Jevone Moore

On the next whole, Watson created a bit of separation after hitting a quality Birdie from the bunker on the left side of the hole.  Watson then birdied hole 15 to comfortably take him into 18 with zero doubt of who’d be hoisting up the trophy.

“My goal has always been to get 10 wins and so this got to my 10th win. I thought about retirement; just so much stuff going through my head right now, I can’t believe I’m gonna life a trophy here in a second,” added Watson.

It was a day where many golfers played well enough and a clear winner was never highlighted.

February 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Patrick Cantlay on the 18th green during final round day of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 18, 2018. Jevone Moore

Another left-handed giant in the game made a run himself. Phil Mickelson just one shot back from the lead after 14 holes. Two consecutive bogeys slid Mickelson further away from the lead and finished tied for 6th place.

Jordan Spieth ended the tournament much better than he began. He 67 on his final round to earn him a top 10 finish.

February 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Dustin Johnson on the third hole during final round day of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 18, 2018. Jevone Moore

Reigning tournament champion Dustin Johnson finished tied for 16th.

Las Vegas and Los Angeles native Kevin Na made a strong run for the trophy but fell just short and took home 2nd place.

February 18, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Kevin Na on the fourth green during final round day of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 18, 2018. Jevone Moore

Bubba Watson shining on the court and the course

February 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA during day 3 of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 17, 2018. Jevone Moore
February 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Bubba Watson chipping on the 15th hole during day 3 of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 17, 2018. Jevone Moore

Pacific Palisades, CA – The Genesis Open happening on one side of town while the NBA All-Star Weekend on the other side of town. How fitting that dual threat star Bubba Watson is staring in both events.

Watson leads the Open after finishing his third round at 10-under-par, fresh off his celebrity basketball appearance last night at the Los Angeles Convention Center next to Staples Center.

“It calms you down real fast when you tap in for eagle,” said Watson, “that just is a lot of momentum going forward.”

The pressure dropped quickly off of Watson who is use to winning here at Riviera with wins ’14 and ’16. Now with a one shot lead going into the final day, he has placed himself in a great position to win his third.

February 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Patrick Cantlay chipping up on the 15th green during day 3 of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 17, 2018. Jevone Moore

The local UCLA golfer Patrick Cantlay who finished 9-under-par is playing on his home course from college and not ready to claim defeat.

“I really wanted to birdie the last hole,” said Cantlay, “I was close on a couple of shots that turned out really, really bad.

So who knows with what the battle will be like playing  in the same group will bring.

“I have a bunch of support, family and friends, and the crowd’s pulling for me and I love the golf course and it would be special.” said Cantlay.

These two leaders will tee off in the last group Sunday with Cameron Smith at 10:10am Sunday.

February 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the tenth tee during third day of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 17, 2018. Jevone Moore

So with five golfers within two shots of leader Watson the last two groups will be deadly.

Tony Finau who played alongside Watson today finished at 8-under-par to be in striking distance.

February 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Dustin Johnson celebrates a birdie during third day of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 17, 2018. Jevone Moore

The defending champion Dustin Johnson is only four shots back at 6-under-par, who know what he will do if putts start falling.

“I played the back nine very well, I just didn’t make any putts.” said Johnson “I’m definitely looking forward to getting back there(golf course).”

So let’s see who will have the mental toughness and game to be crowned the 2018 Genesis Open Champion.

Tiger Woods scattered play hard to overcome and misses Genesis Open Cut

February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA. Tiger Woods, of the United States, during opening round of the Genesis Open at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore
February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Tiger Woods, of the United States, teeing off during opening round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

Pacific Palisades, CA- Tiger Woods shot 76 in the second round of the Genesis open at Riviera Country Club and will miss the weekend, as he missed the project +2 cut.

 
“Its nice to be back competing again,” said Woods. “
 
Woods played a forgettable back-9 three putting on three occasions.  Following Wednesdays practice round, Woods went straight to the range to practice his drive, an area of the game he has struggled with as of late. That practice failed to be much help. On Friday, Woods met 5 of 14 fairways.
 
February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Kyle Lowry of Toronto Raptors watching Tiger Woods during opening round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

Even in a tournament Woods won’t be participating in until Sunday, he isn’t completely unsatisfied.

 
“I haven’t played golf in years,” said Woods. “I’m starting to comeback and it going to take a little time. I am progressing, I’m starting to get a feel for tournament golf again.”
 
Woods will have another opportunity to feel the grind of the FedEx Cup next week when he tees off for the Honda Classic.
 
February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, putting on third hole during opening round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

Rory Mcllory  and Justin Thomas were paired with Woods for the first two days of the tournament. Mcllory continued his solid play on Friday and improved his 71 Thursday score to a 69. Thomas, who shot a 69 on Thursday, shot even 71 on Friday and is tied with Mcllory and 10 others for 15th place at -2.

 
After a rocky start to the tournament, reigning champion Dustin Johnson earned the chance to defend his title with a Friday score of 69. Playing partner, Bubba Watson jumped up on the leader board and held first place after hitting Birdie’s on the first 3 holes. Watson doubled on hole 5 and saw his lead evaporate.
 
Other notable names : Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood and Phil Mickelson are tied at -1 .
February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA.
Phil Mickelson during opening round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

 

UCLA product Patrick Cantlay currently shares the lead at -7 with Graeme McDowell and Sam Saunders.
February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after the opening round of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

UCLA Lady Bruins take down Arizona State

February 11, 2018 Los Angeles, CA UCLA Bruins guard Jordin Canada (3) looking fierce on defense during the women's Arizona State vs UCLA Bruins at Westwood on February 11, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
February 11, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Bruins guard Jordin Canada (3) going to the paint during the women’s Arizona State vs UCLA Bruins at Westwood on February 11, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Westwood, Ca – Down in the paint even with the double team UCLA senior strong forward Monique Billings dropped in a layup to push the lead to 7 with 3:44 left in the game. Smart hard aggressive play like this help pushed the Lady Bruins to a 71-63 victory of the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Jordin Canada lead all Bruins with 16 points, 10 assists and zero turnovers for the game. This was her 5th double-double this season and her 17th in her career.

“She plays her butt off,” said ASU coach Thorne, “she great for USA basketball.( Canada)”

The Bruins took control of the game in first few minutes if the second quarter with great defense. They took 12 point lead into the half 41-29.

February 11, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Bruins forward Monique Billings (25) jumping to block a shot during the women’s Arizona State vs UCLA Bruins at Westwood on February 11, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Which was just the opposite of how the Bruins began allowing the Lady Sun Devils to take a earlier 7-1 lead forcing coach Close to call a quick timeout to settle her team down.

“They competed so hard,” said UCLA coach Cori Close, “They gave us all we could handle.”

The Bruins trusted each other’s game and waited for the smart play.

Canada let the game come to her in the second half scoring 11 or 16 points. But what was more impressive was her hustle plays diving for loose balls to get more possessions.

February 11, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Bruins guard Jordin Canada (3) playing defense on Arizona State Sun Devils guard Reili Richardson (1) during the women’s Arizona State vs UCLA Bruins at Westwood on February 11, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“I was making better decisions,”  said Canada, “It all started off with my defense in the second half.”

The Bruins are a touch match-up with their front court scores and crashes the boards like Billings 14 points, 7 rebounds and Lajahna Drummer dropped 15 points, 8 rebounds and was perfect from the field (7/7 FG).

“This is our house,” said Billings

February 11, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Bruins guard Jordin Canada (3) soaring above the Sun Devils during the women’s Arizona State vs UCLA Bruins at Westwood on February 11, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Now after today’s victory the Bruins look ahead to the road and the Oregon schools who they will play OSU on Friday February 16 and then Oregon on Monday February 19.
“This is a very important week for us, so we have to lock down and focus,” said Canada.

 

Westchester storms back to defeat Palisades

CIFSS High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Westchester Kaelen making a move to the basket during the High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, CA – The gym was filled with smiling faces on senior night for the Westchester Comets taking the floor for the last time during  this regular season at home. Even with a different starting line-up who played most of the 1st quarter the Comets still defeated the Palisades Dolphins 68-50 Wednesday night.

Coach Ed Azzam choose to start a group of seniors as farewell salute to remember their last regular game at home. Even before the game all the seniors were introduced and given a photo and rose for their family to receive while taking a photo.

The Dolphins took advantage of the kind gesture jumping out to a 13-1 lead with 3:22 left on the clock in the 1st quarter.

Westchester leading scorer was Kaelen Allen who dropped 18 points and a bunch of rebounds. Allen made his presence know fast with 14 points in the first half.

“It was a different experience coming from the bench,” said Allen

Palisades really didn’t have an answer for Westchester size and athleticism once the team hit their stride.

Zellie Hudson stepped up doing the little things to help his team win, scraping for loose balls and dropping 15 points of his own. Ten of the fifteen came in the second half that allowed Westchester to pull away.

“It was really important to get a win,” said Hudson, “With my mom being here I made sure I played good for her.”

Anthony Spencer being guarded by David Henderson during a CIFLACS High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Palisades early lead was cut to zero when the team went into locker rooms tied 32-32.

Coach Azzam started his normal team to start the 3rd quarter and his team wasted no time pulling away from the Dolphins.

“We can go deep in the playoffs if we play discipline and keep our composure,” said Allen, “Just need to play for 32 minutes.”

Westchester now with a victory tonight they move their record to 26-5 on the season securely in second place behind Fairfax.

Kaveon Batiste shooting during a CIFLACS High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

This Westchester team will be a force in the City Section playoffs in the Open Division that will start next week.

UCLA comes back to slay USC on the court

February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) being guarded by USC Trojans guard Shaqquan Aaron (0) during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA
UCLA Bruins center Thomas Welsh (40) hyping up the crowd on his 22nd birthday during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Westwood, CA – The UCLA Bruins basketball team finds a way to be inspired and win third game in row verses their rivals 82-79 over the USC Trojans at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins trailed most of this game even at the half by one 41-40 at home in front of a few UCLA folklore. In the crowd was Reggie Miller, Earl Watson, Cameron Bailey, Charles O’Bannon, and few others working the game Tracy Murray alongside Bill Walton.

February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA
UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) going up and in during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

UCLA was able to get a big game out of two of their seniors Aaron Holiday who dropped 23 points, 5 threes, and 9 assists.

On his 22nd birthday Thomas Welsh steeped up with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and three 3 pointers.

“That’s special when you can hit from three, go into the paint and be able to hit free throws,(Welsh)” said UCLA Steve Alford.

February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA
UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

The Trojans have never really had an answer for Welsh since he was a freshman and even now as a senior still holds true. Being a 7 footer has it’s advantages when you have multiple skills sets.

Alford Bruins were able to hunt today with the team trailing most of the game, waiting for Pauley to erupt every time they got close.

“We have to shut the water off to get the stops,” said Alford, ” The four minute game of efficiency is a big key.”

February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA
USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) making a pass in the paint during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

The Trojans were lead the hype man Elijah Stewart tonight with 20 points in 28 minutes on the floor.

They also had 4 players score in double digits Shaqquan Aaron (14), Nick Rakocevic (14) and Chimezie Metu (11).

“Making the freshman understand this is huge rivalry,” said Welsh, “You got punch first and keep punching.”

February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA
UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Hands (4) turning the corner on USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Even when the Bruins were down as much as nine points they still kept fighting and made the runs necessary to get the victory.

Next up for the Bruins will be a tough trip to the Arizona schools next week.

Tiger Woods is back, Finau is Farmers Open leader

January 25, 2018 San Diego, CA. Tiger Woods on 7th hole during opening round on South Course of the Farmers Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2018. Jevone Moore
January 25, 2018 San Diego, CA.
Tony Finau all smiles after birdie on 18 to take (-7 under) for clubhouse during opening round on North Course of the Farmers Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2018. Jevone Moore

San Diego, CA – The west coast swing in full effect with local Tony Finau your clubhouse leader on day one with a 7-under 65 on the North Course at Torrey Pines.

The Farmers Open 2018 has brought out some big name to start the season, with crowd favorite Tiger Woods who played even par for his opening round on the South course.

San Diego hero Phil Mickelson teed off on the back nine of the North course finished with a 2-under 70 that was good enough to be tied for 35th.

The South course played .307 shots tougher then the North on opening day but the leader board shows different story. The Leader opened on North Finau, but next 5 players all played the South Course.

January 25, 2018 San Diego, CA.
Tiger Woods on 7th hole during opening round on South Course of the Farmers Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2018. Jevone Moore

Finau hit the course running birdying the first two holes, and five birds on the front nine. Before he left the course he added four more but had two bogies as well.

“I got off to a great start and was able to ride that momentum,” said Finau, “We kind of did our thing on the North.”

He length off the tee is always too his advantage at course like Torrey Pines, hence why he has played well here last few starts.

“I knew it was going to play tough,” said Finau, “a good round, 7 under I think is a pretty solid  round on the North course now.”

January 25, 2018 San Diego, CA.
during opening round on South Course of the Farmers Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2018. Jevone Moore

Last year was the last time folks saw Woods play, and it was in this tournament where he shot the same score an opening round 72. The galley following him on a Thursday was a good and noisy.

“I just didn’t hit my irons very well today,” said Woods, “So tomorrow hopefully I can drive it a little bit better, hit my irons obviously a lot closer.”

The weather forecast looks good so we should have more good scores Friday from the field at the 2018 Farmers Open.

January 25, 2018 San Diego, CA.
J.J. Spaun on 8th tee box during opening round on North Course 2-under at the Farmers Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2018. Jevone Moore

LEADERBOARD

1) Tony Finau         NC  -7  32-33-65

2)Ted Plotter Jr.      SC  -6  31-35-66

Ryan Palmer       SC  -6  33-33-66

4) Hunter Mahan    SC  -4  34-34-68

35)Phil Mickelson   NC  -2 35-35-70

84)Tiger Woods       SC   E 37-35-72

USC blows double-digit lead but holds on in its rematch against Stanford

January 24, 2018 Los Angeles, CA USC Trojans (11) guard Jordan McLaughlin scoring against the Stanford Trees vs USC Trojans mens basketball game at the Galen Center on January 24, 2018 . (Photo By: Daniel Bowyer / fi360 News)
January 24, 2018 Los Angeles, CA USC Trojans (2) guard Jonah Mathews getting position to score during the Stanford  Cardinals vs USC Trojans men’s basketball game at the Galen Center on January 24, 2018 . (Photo By: Daniel Bowyer / fi360 News)

Los Angeles, CA – It was a dejavú for USC.

Stanford had one last chance to potentially sweep the season series against the Trojans but were  unable to pull off another miracles come back and fell 69-64.

“It was a very challenging PAC-12 basketball game tonight. Our league is excellent from top to bottom this year,” said USC head coach, Andy Endfield. “We are fortunate to beat a very good Stanford team tonight.”

The Trojans, who were up by as many as 15 and double digit-points majority of the contest, found themselves in a position too negatively familiar.

In the end, a 3 point attempt by the Cardinals was unsuccessful and USC escaped with its 5th straight win.

It was a team effort victory for USC, who’s leading scorer, Jonah Matthews, came off the bench with 18 points. Jordan McLaughlin had a couple of opportunities to give USC a cushion in the final minutes but he couldn’t convert on critical free-throws down the stretch. McLaughlin finished with 8 points on 3 of 11 shooting and 9 assists.

January 24, 2018 Los Angeles, CA USC Trojans student body seating during the Stanford Cardinals vs USC Trojans men’s basketball game at the Galen Center on January 24, 2018 . (Photo By: Daniel Bowyer / fi360 News)

The Trojans were able to pull away in the first half, much like the first game in Palo Alto. Dunks by Metu, McLaughlin and a 3-pointer by Matthews helped USC gain its first double-digit lead of the game.

In the teams first meeting of the season, USC was denied of a road victory after Stanford converted on half court buzzer beater with 1.7 seconds remaining.

All signs pointed to another  Hollywood-fairy tail ending in Los Ángeles.

USC lead the entire game. The cardinals cut its 15 point deficit to just 2 points with 32-seconds left on a Daejon Davis free-throw.

USC went 5-20 (25%) from the 3-point line and were only able to get to the free-throw line 8 times.

This is USC’s 7th victory its last 8 games. They will have a chance for a 6th straight victory on Sunday when they host Cal.

USC too much for Utah to handle

January 14, 2018 Los Angeles, CA USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) driving during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 14, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
January 14, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
USC Trojans forward Chimezie Metu (4) on his way to the rim during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 14, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Los Angeles, CA – USC started the game scorching hot from beyond the arc, draining eight-of-12 three-pointers in the first 10 minutes.

The Trojans made a season-high 14 3-pointers en route to a dominating 84-67 win over Utah on Sunday at the Galen Center. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Utes.

“That was a good win against a good Utah team,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “To force turnovers and get 84 points is a good thing.”

USC completely dominated the Utes from start to finish. The Trojans played loose and always seemed to find the open man as they took a 32-13 lead on a Jonah Matthews 3-pointer midway through the first half.

January 14, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
USC Trojans guard Derryck Thornton (5) driving during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 14, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Matthews led USC with 17 points and finished 3-for-5 from 3-points range.

“I felt good tonight,” Matthews said. “I hit my first one and my teammates kept finding me.”

Defensively, the Trojans held Utah to 32 percent shooting from the field and forced 11 turnovers to take a commanding 46-22 lead at halftime. USC made most of their opportunities, scoring 15 points off turnovers in the first half while draining nine three-pointers and shooting 60 percent.

In the last five games, USC has registered 45 steals and forced 89 turnovers.

January 14, 2018 Los Angeles, CA
Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) rocking Kuzmania shirts during the Utah Utes vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 14, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“It (not having De’Anthony Melton) hurt our defense in the beginning of the year,” Enfield said. “Now we’re playing very good team defense, but we still have room for improvement.”

USC announced Melton would be held out for the 2017-18 season after the school determined that a close friend received an extra benefit.

“We made a statement tonight, for De’Anthony and for Utah,” Matthews said. “They were talking trash to us. We tried to keep our composure and let the scoreboard talk for us.”

USC will hit the road to visit Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 18. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

University of Arizona hires Kevin Sumlin as head football coach

Kevin Sumlin coach of Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field in College Station, TX on September 3, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Former Coach Sumlin of Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field in College Station, TX on September 3, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Tucson AZ- Former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at Arizona, according to multiple reports.

Sumlin was fired by the Aggies in November after six seasons at the helm. The 53-year-old, who also spent four seasons as the coach at Houston, has amassed a career record of 86-43 as a head coach.

Sirius XM first reported Sumlin’s hiring Sunday afternoon. Sports Illustrated also reported the news.

Sumlin will replace Rich Rodriguez, who was fired earlier this month. USA TODAY Sports reported that the Wildcats grew uncomfortable with the direction of the football program amid allegations of workplace misconduct. Rodriguez said in a statement released through his attorney that the university had investigated claims of harassment by a former administrative assistant, who threatened a $7.5 million lawsuit.

Arizona was believed to be targeting Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo for its vacancy, but The Arizona Daily Star confirmed Sunday that Niumatalolo would stay at Navy.

Sumlin will inherit a Wildcats team led by rising junior quarterback Khalil Tate, who threw for 1,591 yards and ran for 1,411 more as a sophomore in 2017.

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