... if the following report from New Mexico State's rival.com site is true:
CI.com has learned that NMSU's A.D. McKinley Boston and coach Walker signed a contract at 4:30pm today making Walker NMSU's next head coach of Aggie football.
We are expecting NMSU to make a formal, official announcement on coach Walker's hiring on Tuesday.
Congratulations to coach DeWayne Walker and NMSU!
May be there will be an official statement later today. We will keep updating this post throughout the day once we start getting more info.
Interestingly, per that report as well as Painter's report Walker might be coming in with another coach who will be his OC:
Timm Rosenbach, the former quarterbacks coach at Washington State, was interviewing for an assistant coaching job at the same time Walker was there, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. Sources indicated that New Mexico State wants to pair an offensive-minded coach with Walker, further solidifying that Walker appears to have the job if he wants it.
Does Rosenbach name sound familiar to you? It should:
I will never forget that game.
Anyway, let's see if there are other sources which confirm this story. If so, we wanted to extend our congratulations to Coach Dewayne Walker.
Of course once everything is official we will stat tracking DC candidates/possibilities as well. We have already had those discussions here on BN. You can search through the archives to see some of the names that have popped up. I am sure there will be more with Kenny way way way way way back in the line with his little thin resume.
UPDATE I (N): Tracy Pierson at Bruin Report Online also picks the story and offers up two names as potential replacements:
Speculation about who will replace Walker as UCLA's defensive coordinator is rampant.
A name we've heard is current Montana Head Coach Bobby Hauck. Hauck, who has had success at Montana, is the brother of current UCLA defensive backs coach, Tim Hauck. Hauck worked on Neuheisel's staff at both Washington and Colorado.
This doesn't mean that Hauck is the leading candidate -- or even a known candidate. His name has merely been mentioned in UCLA football circles.
Ricky Hunley, the former college and NFL coach, is also a name mentioned. Hunley currently works as an assistant to Norm Chow.
I believe both of those names have surfaced here on BN. rye already mentioned Hunley's name in the comment threads. Bobby Hauck's name has been mentioned in previous posts which also includes the names of Tim Hundley and Chuck Bullough, the current
DL LB coach under Walker who has done a solid job last three years. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE II (N): Here is the LA Times story on Dewayne Walker becoming the next head coach for NMSU. As expected CRN congratulated Walker and lavished his former assistant with much deserved praise:
UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement, "DeWayne is a first-class coach and a first-class man who certainly deserves the opportunity to run his own program. DeWayne has been a terrific asset to UCLA, both on and off the field, and he will be missed. I, and the entire UCLA family, thank him for what he has done for our program and wish him well."
Also not surprisingly CRN signaled in the same report that he has a plan in place:
UCLA's search to replace Walker began before Tuesday's confirmation that he had been hired away.
"I hope to fill the defensive coordinator position in the next few weeks," Neuheisel said in his statement. "Because I felt there was an excellent chance DeWayne would get a head coaching opportunity, I have a list of candidates for the position."
Linebackers coach Chuck Bullough and defensive line coach Todd Howard could be considered as coordinator.
Can't wait to find out who our next DC is going to be. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE III (N): Here is CRN's full statement that was released from UCLA congratulating Walker:
"I am thrilled for DeWayne and his family. It’s an exciting time for New Mexico State and an exciting time for UCLA, because one of our coaches has earned the opportunity to be a head coach. I have no doubt he will enjoy success at New Mexico State.
"DeWayne is a first-class coach and a first-class man who certainly deserves the opportunity to run his own program. DeWayne has been a terrific asset to UCLA, both on and off the field, and he will be missed. I, and the entire UCLA family, thank him for what he has done for our program and wish him well.
"I hope to fill the defensive coordinator position in the next few weeks. Because I felt there was an excellent chance DeWayne would get a head coaching opportunity, I have a list of candidates for the position. Nothing will occur until the staff reconvenes on Sunday and we discuss the candidates together. Our first priority is to continue to build an outstanding recruiting class."
Also you can read the Daily News report here. Guess there will be a formal press conference in New Mexico tomorrow. GO BRUINS.
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Walker will be introduced as the Aggies' 33rd head football coach this morning at a news conference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time). More details here. GO BRUINS.