Morning links: Ken Niumatalolo says 'things weren't meant to be' at BYU; Damian Lillard congratulates Joel Bolomboy
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Excitement surrounding the new BYU football coaching staff is certainly at a high point right now, but a story published Thursday could cause Cougar fans to think about what might have been.
As told by Brian Haines of FOX Sports, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, who met with BYU officials about the job before opting to return to the Midshipmen, has no regrets about not going to Provo.
“Things just weren’t meant to be (at BYU)," Niumatalolo said. "There wasn’t one specific thing. I think it was a culmination of a lot of things leading up to it. I have a good job here. Why leave? We have a good deal going.”
NBA assistant coach shares message of faith, forgiveness at wife's funeral
This Monty Williams speech. Incredible.https://t.co/puAAxQ8Inq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 19, 2016
Last week, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died after sustaining injuries in an auto accident.
On Thursday, about 900 people gathered at a service to honor Ingrid Williams, where her husband delivered a message of faith and forgiveness.
Speaking about his faith in God, Williams said, "we can't lose sight of the fact that God loves us, and that's what my wife, and that's what I try to, however badly, exhibit on a daily basis, but God does love us."
At the end of his remarks, Williams urged those in attendance to forgive the woman, Susannah Donaldson, who caused the fatal accident. Donaldson also died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision.
"That family didn't wake up wanting to hurt my wife," he said. "Life is hard. It is very hard, and that was tough, but we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family, and we as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family, because they grieve as well."
Damian Lillard congratulates Weber State's Joel Bolomboy
Weber State big man Joel Bolomboy has steadily increased the possibility that he'll end up in the NBA next year, but Thursday night, he took things to another level by posting a career-high 34 points with 10 rebounds.
The performance earned him recognition on Twitter from the most famous Wildcat alum, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Yessir Joel https://t.co/uZJKsimKcV— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 19, 2016
Lillard was drafted just a few months before Bolomboy's freshman year in Ogden, but expressed that the two do know each other.
@Dame_Lillard did you ever actually meet the guy? Not hating, just wondering— Ian Rose (@IanCharles33) February 19, 2016
Was very much in touch with him 👌 https://t.co/JvgNAB2pV5— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 19, 2016
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.
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