- Bill Connelly is a staff writer for ESPN.com.
Following a 23-3 loss to rival Air Force on Saturday, Navy fired offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper. The Midshipmen have scored only 23 points in their past five games dating to last year and have gone just 3-9 since 2019’s stirring 11-win campaign. In some way, you can’t blame them for pushing the panic button.
The only problem: head coach Ken Niumatalolo had nothing to do with the decision. It was done entirely by athletic director Chet Gladchuk. Niumatalolo disagreed with the call and convinced Gladchuk to bring Jasper back as quarterbacks’ coach — a role he has served in Annapolis since 2002 — on Monday.
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