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Turene, Niumatalolo & Langston on radio

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With less than two weeks before area football teams get it going for real, the High School Gridiron Report has the headliners lined up for Wednesday night's show on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein and Kevin Rogers will welcome Boyd Anderson linebacker Kent Turene, Naval Academy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and Michael Langston, Publisher of the popular Rivals.com website FloridaVarsity.com to the show between 9-10 p.m.

TURENE IS ONE OF THE BEST
Turene just returned from Disney's Wide World of Sports where he competed for the champion Southeast squad in the second annual Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 event, which attracted some 70 of the top high school football players in the nation.

The 6-3, 230-pounder, considered one of the best linebackers in the state of Florida, will be the first Broward County football player to attend the University of Southern California on a football scholarship. He chose head coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans over some 50 plus schools who had offered him a scholarship.

NIUMATALOLO MAKES AN IMPACT
A native of Hawaii, Niumatalolo had one of the most successful first seasons as a head coach in school history. He is the first coach to lead Navy to a bowl game in his inaugural season and, thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army, he became just the second Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in his first year.

Niumatalolo led the Midshipmen to an 8-5 record, the most wins for a first-year coach at Navy since 1934. Included in those eight wins was a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy's first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985. Navy also beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks (Rutgers and Wake Forest) for the first time since 1981 and defeated a program-record four bowl teams.

Niumatalolo (44) was promoted to head football coach at the Naval Academy on Dec. 8, 2007. He is the second Polynesian head coach in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history and the first Samoan collegiate head coach on any level.

Prior to being named head coach, Niumatalolo had two coaching stints at the Naval Academy for a combined 10 seasons, including the last six where he served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

As the offensive coordinator, Niumatalolo tutored Chris McCoy, who set the then-NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season with 20 in 1997 and became just the 10th player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. In addition, Navy finished among the nation's top five in rushing his last-two years and broke 38 school offensive records during his tenure.

LANGSTON HAS THE AUDIENCE
By far the most popular high school sports website in the state, Langston travels and sees more players, teams and events than any other, promoting the athletes in the Sunshine State throughout the year.

From daily stories and rankings to game coverage and off season events, FloridaVarsity.com is a valuable resource for fans throughout the state and the country who follow the tremendous football played in Florida.

Last weekend, Langston and the impressive staff covered Friday Night Lights in Gainesville as well as the Gridiron Kings and a number of 7-on-7 events. He will share some of his views on players such as Teddy Bridgewater, Rashad Greene and many others across the state.

You can hear the show live and check out the show BLOG on www.wqam.com.

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