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Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake is the new head coach at BYU


Sunday update>>BYU has officially announced the hire of Kalani Sitake as their new head coach.

According to a report from Dick Harmon, BYU is preparing to name Kalani Sitake the program's new head coach. The official announcement could come as soon as today.

On Wednesday night, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo publicly stated his intention to stay at Navy after touring the BYU facilities earlier this week. From that point on, all signs pointed to Sitake. Sitake played fullback at BYU in the mid-to-late 90's under the legendary LaVell Edwards, and spent this last season as the defensive coordinator for Gary Andersen at Oregon State. Before taking the job in Corvalis with Andersen heading into the 2015 season, Sitake had been a part of the staff at Utah, most recently as assistant head coach / defensive coordinator / linebackers coach. Previous coaching stops for Sitake include Eastern Arizona, BYU (where he served as a graduate assistant for a season in 2002), and Southern Utah, where his versatile experience on offense as a player, and on the defensive side as an assistant early in his career allowed him the ability to serve as an assistant coach on both sides of the ball. That experience coaching on both sides of the ball, coupled with his success as a defensive coordinator, made Sitake a very good option at BYU.

When the news of Sitake becomes official, Georgia Southern will be the only remaining open FBS head coaching position...unless the NFL comes calling some accomplished college head coaches at the conclusion of their season.

BYU plays Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl today at 3:30pm EST on ABC.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.