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Hawaii, Navy far apart but very connected

Friday - 11/8/2013, 3:50pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- It's quite fitting that Hawaii and Navy have engaged in a two-game, home-and-home football series.

Although the two programs are far apart in terms of miles, they are very closely connected.

Navy's current run of success is due largely to the efforts of coaches that are products of the Hawaii program. It all begins with Bob Wagner, who now resides in Annapolis.

As head coach at Hawaii from 1987 through 1985, Wagner hired Paul Johnson as offensive coordinator and gave Ken Niumatalolo his first full-time job in coaching.

After Johnson enjoyed a successful run at Navy, he was replaced by Niumatalolo, who will lead the Midshipmen against Hawaii on Saturday.

Hawaii, one of five remaining winless teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision and has lost 11 straight road games.

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