One thing I left out of my DeWayne Walker story was McKinley Boston's comments regarding replacements in case Walker does in fact take the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator position.
Me and Boston were talking in hypotheticals — that's what the majority of the conversation was because there is so much uncertainty revolving around Walker's status. Here's what the athletics director said about replacements:
“I've thought about it as the rumors have moved on,” Boston said. “I wouldn't put my head in the sand regarding the issue. But I also have not gotten to the point where I have a pen and paper in my hand and thought about ‘what ifs.’”
As of Monday, no one at NMSU knew much about Walker's thought process. I think most in the administration are taking a wait and see approach, including the assistant coaches on the Aggie staff. One of the only people who knows what's going to happen, perhaps the only one who truly knows, is Walker himself.
Still, his silence is not a good sign for Aggie nation. Either he's truly sorting it out in his head, or he cannot say anything until his deal with Seattle is a done deal. If he knew right now he was coming back to NMSU, he would have put that out on the table.
Lets deal with another hypothetical now: if Walker does in fact go to Seattle, where do you see the future of Aggie football? Where's it headed? It would clearly be suffering through a massive identity crisis. From Hal Mumme's Air Raid, to Walker's team-oriented approach, to now what? Initially, it will hurt, there's absolutely no denying that.
I will say this though also: If this job does open up, there will be candidates to fill the opening. Last year, there were a solid handful and there will be just as many this time around, if it does come to fruition. This is Division-I college football, and many want an opportunity to try their hand in the craft. With the Aggies' financial situation, can they do another full-fledged national search? Is it too late in the game to find a quality candidate to hire? Again, these are hypothetical questions, ones that we'll likely find out in the coming days.
This is part of the problem. There's so many questions, including questions about Walker himself. If I had to guess, I'd say he's not coming back to coach the Aggies. Most of everything points against it, from the outside reports, to the water-cooler conversations, to Walker's silence and NMSU's general uncertainty about his status.
We just want to know. Lets put an end to the speculation already with facts. That would really be great....