Gary Tranquill, offensive coordinator at West Virginia, was expected...

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Gary Tranquill, offensive coordinator at West Virginia, was expected to be named head football coach at Navy today.

While still waiting for official word, Tranquill said 'it sounds like' the job was his.


'I'm supposed to find out today,' he said. 'I would say early this afternoon.'

The Naval Academy Athletic Association's Board of Control was to meet in Annapolis, Md., to pick the successor to George Welsh, who left to take over the football program at the University of Virginia.

Tranquill reportedly was the only candidate to be interviewed twice. Navy Athletic Director J.D. Coppedge was reported to have told three Navy assistant coaches, who were the only other candidates to be interviewed, that they were out of the running.

Tranquill came to WVU in 1979 after two years at Ohio State. Before that, he spent four years coaching quarterbacks and receivers at Navy under Welsh.

Tranquill also put in stints as an assistant at Bowling Green, Wittenberg University and Ball State University.

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