If some mid major program comes calling for HC position, UCLA should double up Walker's salary. LA Times on Walker's rising stock:UCLA assistant DeWayne Walker has gone from a relatively unknown first-year college coordinator to a hot national coaching prospect as a result of the Bruins' impressive defensive turnaround this season, capped by a dominating performance Saturday against USC.
Walker, who joined Karl Dorrell's staff after coaching two years with the Washington Redskins, has extensive NFL experience, having worked under defensive coaches such as Bill Belichick, Gregg Williams, Johnnie Lynn and Pete Carroll.
Walker's stock rose higher after UCLA defeated USC, limiting the Trojans to fewer than 20 points for the first time in 63 games. That's one reason Walker's name has been mentioned in regard to several vacant college head coaching positions, including Stanford's. Walker's name also has been floated in connection with potential defensive coordinator openings in the NFL and at other major-college programs.
"It's amazing. I'm the same guy, but now all of the sudden people want to know about me," Walker said before UCLA's awards banquet Monday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
"I am so glad with my decision to come to UCLA. I don't have any plans on leaving. But if somebody wants to give me a head coaching job, I have to listen."
Walker said he's more concerned about the Bruins' defense, which is expected to return 10 starters next season.Double up Walker's salary DG. He is the most important recruit right now for this program.