Mid-American Conference

Niumatalolo wins round one with Monken in Army-Navy recruiting fight

Army hired Jeff Monken as head football coach in part because of his reputation as a relentless, aggressive recruiter. Monken made it clear the gloves were coming off in Army's annual recruiting battle with archrival Navy when he went hard after a recruit that had already committed to the Annapolis academy. Mike Martin, a standout running back at high school located just 45 minutes from the West Point campus, had given Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo a verbal pledge on Jan. 17 after taking an official visit. The 6-foot, 190-pound product of Pine Bush (NY) High posed for pictures in the home locker room at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium wearing a Navy jersey and talked about...