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December 19, 2007 9:11 PM

Back in business

Posted by Bob Condotta

The blogs are up and running again here at the Times, so I'll post a quick one with a few notes and thoughts to get it going once more.

Sure most of you who've gotten this far have probably already seen it, but I wrote today about how UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker appears to be the leading candidate to replace Kent Baer.

But it may not be just as easy as offering Walker the job. As I reported today, UW will likely have to come way up in salary to match what Walker is making at UW --- and bump up offensive coordinator Tim Lappano to match, since the Huskies have, under Tyrone Willingam, paid each of the coordinators the same.

Walker also figures to be highly sought-after. First off, UCLA is sure to try to keep him no matter who the Bruins hire as head coach --- and Walker is a candidate, as well, and could get the job if UCLA performs well in the Las Vegas Bowl against BYU, which is widely viewed as his audition.

Brian Dohn of the LA Daily News also reports that Walker will likely have all kinds of other offers should he decide not to stay at UCLA. Also worth keeping in mind that Walker's son, Kevan, is a commit to UCLA.

All of this is on top of the fact that the UCLA situation is fascinating for UW fans to watch to see if the Bruins might decide to hire Rick Neuheisel as head coach. Should that happen, we'll have lots of time to discuss that.

And for tomorrow's paper, I'll have an overview of UW's recruiting class to date, including some charts comparing how this year's class ranks with class of the past six years.

AND BY THE WAY, let us know what you think of the new format.

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