Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o grew up in Laie', Hawaii, where Niumatalolo's parents settled years ago after his father's career in the Coast Guard ended. Niumatalolo and his wife, Barbara, visit each summer with their three children. Te'o and his parents are distant cousins of the Niumatalolos.

"We're not super close, but where we come from, it's so small and everyone knows everyone," Niumatalolo said about Teo after practice Wednesday in Annapolis. "I know the families on both side. He's a lot younger than I am, but everyone knew Manti growing up. He was probably the most highly acclaimed high school player to come out of Hawaii, maybe ever, and he just picked it up in college."

Niumatalolo laughed at the notion that he could have used his family connections to recruit Te'o to Navy rather than play against him the past four years, including in this year's 50-10 loss to the then-unranked Fighting Irish in Dublin, Ireland, in the season opener.

"I don't think so, he's going to the NFL," Niumatalolo said.

As for rooting for Te'o to beat out Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Kleine, Niumatalolo said, "I'm pulling for Mani, now that we're done playing him. Fortunately we don't have to see him anymore. The other kids are deserving too, but he's the sentimental pick, being from my hometown."

Pompless in Philadelphia

Though the Midshipmen and Cadets did their traditional walk-on a couple of hours before the start of the game, two other activities that are part of the pomp and ceremony were not held because of the cloudy conditions. There was no flyover or drop-in by parachutists because of the low cloud ceiling, officials said….Vice president Joe Biden was part of the opening coin toss, but the game referee did the coin toss itself.

don.markus@baltsun.com



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Where the Army-Navy games are scheduled to be played through 2017:

2013: Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field

2014: Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium

2015: Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field

2016: Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium

2017: Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field

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