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December 28, 2007 4:24 PM

Will Walker stay at UCLA if Neuheisel is hired?

Posted by Bob Condotta

I've spent all day traveling to Baton Rouge for the UW basketball game tomorrow against LSU so I don't have as much football news today.

The most interesting thing I've seen is this piece from Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News that DeWayne Walker is likely to stay at UCLA even if Rick Neuheisel is hired as head coach.

If so, that will obviously throw a wrench in UW's search for a new defensive coordinator as Walker is considered the No. 1 target. So much so that Walker is reportedly likely to be offered a two-year contract with the Huskies. I wrote the other day that I couldn't remember the last time UW offered multi-year deals to assistant coaches, but a little research (which I should have done first) revealed it really hasn't been that long --- Phil Snow got a two-year deal when he came to UW after the 2002 season, hired by Neuheisel to be co-defensive coordinator along with Tim Hundley by Rick Neuheisel in the wake of some big defensive blowups that season.

Snow stayed just two seasons, getting fired along with the rest of Keith Gilbertson's staff after the 2004 season.

Ron English, formerly of Michigan, has also been mentioned at UW if Walker stays put, but rumors are circulating that he is headed to Louisville.

As for those of you tired of the Willingham-More debate in the comments section, not much I can really do about that. I try to throw out topics --- what happens from there is up to you guys. Unfortunately, it's a debate for which there will be no real answers until next fall, obviously. That's the same risk Mark Emmert took when he decided to bring back Willingham --- there's really no way to tell if it was the right move for at least 9-10-11 months, and until then, Husky nation figures to be a bit fractured. I guess what's happening on the comments section here is evidence of that.

UPDATE 5:30 --- Brian Dohn of the LA Daily News is now reporting that John Harbaugh, the brother of Jim Harbaugh, got a second interview today for the head coaching job. So that seems to be further muddying things in Westwood.


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