Well, it is now being reported that Pete Carroll has accepted the head coaching job with the Seattle Seahawks. If the other stone drops, it would mean that Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker would follow Carroll to Seattle to become the team's next defensive coordinator.
First off, nothing has been made official at this point. Much of this is speculation. Still, where there's smoke there's fire, and Walker and Carroll have been a tight connection through the years. If Walker does in fact leave, and again, I hate being premature, but simply from a hypothetical standpoint, this would be a devastating blow for Aggie football.
I thought coach Walker did a good job here in his first season. Yes, three wins for this team was a good job. It wasn't one with immense talent, yet still played hard and played together every week. Many of the losses were ugly, but I'll still point to the three wins as a reason for optimism.
If Walker were to leave at this point? This is still a talent-starved roster, one which must be rebuilt with the proper vision in mind. I thought the recruiting process was going in the right direction and I believed in how the team handled the interviewing process for its next offensive coordinator. Like any solid head coach, it had Walker's fingerprints on it. He was just beginning to mold the program. If he left, it would have to start over again?
That would be a tough pill to swallow. This past year was difficult, as the team battled through immense growing pains and scratched and clawed for production on a weekly basis. Frankly, many weeks were borderline unwatchable, yet could be stomached simply with the viewpoint that the program was headed somewhere with Walker in charge. To see him leave would be deflating.
For the record, I wouldn't blame Walker bouncing for an NFL coordinator position. Who wouldn't go? It's quite possibly a once-in-a-lifetime deal. And it's gotta be a career goal of his. You gotta jump at the chance if it's there. We'll take a wait-and-see approach on this one. My mind tells me it's still a long shot. But my gut tells me he's heading the Seattle if Carroll gets the gig.