The internet — yes the internet — is heating up with rumors of DeWayne Walker being a candidate to be the defensive coordinator at the University of Texas.
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Well, I spoke with Walker on Thursday evening and he said the internet rumors simply aren't true.
“You always hear rumors, people are always talking,” Walker said. “At UCLA, we talked (he and Texas) a little bit. We have a strong respect for each other. But we didn't talk about it (the defensive coordinator position this time around).”
Walker said he hasn't spoken with Texas, nor has he applied for the job or that the school had reached out to him or his agent Don Yee.
“No,” Walker said when asked. “None of that.”
Defensive coordinator at Texas? It's a premier job. But Walker said he's happy as the head coach at New Mexico State.
“I'm a head coach,” he said. “I'm not going to walk away from a head coaching job.”
Walker was in Las Cruces on Thursday, meeting with NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston about the Aggie football program.
The “preferred qualifications” for the Texas defensive coordinator position are a minimum of 12 years of coaching at the NCAA Division I-A level and seven years of NFL coaching experience.
Looking at his history at nmstatesports.com, Walker has 11 years under his belt as a college coach — counting two as a head coach at NMSU — as well as seven in the NFL — he worked for the Washington Redskins (2004-05) and the New York Giants (2002-03) for two years apiece and the New England Patriots for a three-year stint (1998-2000).
Will Muschamp was the defensive coordinator for the Longhorns before being hired last week as the head coach at Florida.
The Austin American-Statesman reported on Monday that the leading candidate to replace Muschamp was Florida's first-year defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Other names reported were North Carolina defensive coordinator Everett Withers, Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Seattle Seahawks defensive backs coach Jerry Grey.