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January 1, 2008 2:15 AM

Sporting News reports Walker to Washington

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Sporting News is reporting that UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker is coming to Washington to fill the same position, replacing Kent Baer.

There is nothing official from UW, and Tyrone Willingham had no comment about any possible moves after the Husky basketball game on Monday.

The LA Daily News, which has had the best read on the Walker situation throughout, says only that it is "headed in that direction" (meaning toward UW) but that nothing is final. The Daily News had reported earlier in the day that more than money would play into Walker's decision. While the Daily News story doesn't say it, that could possibly mean Walker having a say in decisions about the rest of the defensive staff. So there's a chance this could mean more changes on UW's defensive staff if Walker is hired. The LA Times blog hints that the issue of the rest of the assistant coaches on the defensive staff could be a factor in whether Walker stays at UCLA or comes to UW.

If Walker is hired, he is likely coming at a multi-year salary worth more than the $330,000 he was reported to make at UCLA (though I've heard the amount is closer to $360-380,000), which would make him the highest-paid coordinator in UW history. Here's an Orange County Register story that talks about how new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will have more money to pay assistants but also mentions Walker having talked with Willingham on Monday and that the Huskies are said to be offering him a possible bump in salary.

As the Daily News reported earlier, Walker and Neuheisel met earlier today, and Neuheisel has called Walker his number one recruit. The Daily News then reported that more than salary would factor into Walker's decision.

If Walker comes aboard, that will fill the most significant of the three openings for the Huskies, who also need to find a new running backs and tight ends/special teams coach. But if Walker comes aboard, as mentioned earlier, it could mean a reshaping of the defensive staff for the Huskies.

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