Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sources: Walker, NMSU negotiating contract extension

New Mexico State University and head football coach DeWayne Walker are working on finalizing a three to four year contract extension, sources from inside the NMSU athletics department have told the Sun-News.

The extension will likely be finalized within the next week, one source said.

Walker, who is currently in the third year of his original five-year contract, makes an annual salary of $363,000.

That salary is not expected to change with the extension.

Some things to consider regarding the extension:

The Aggies have shown improvement: Out of Walker’s 9-28 record, four of those wins have come this season and the team has been more competitive in 2011.

Some will consider the move premature: Walker is in the middle of his original deal — there are still two years remaining in that pact — and next year will be another critical one as the team looks to continue its progression and push for the .500 mark.

He’s coaching at New Mexico State: A place that’s seldom had a winner, this year at least has provided some optimism amongst fans.

A sense of stability: In the ever-changing landscape of college football — there are a handful of high-profile coaching jobs that will be available this offseason — a long-term commitment to a coach can help him and his staff solidify recruiting efforts.

The Aggies will play their season finale this weekend when they host Utah State at 1:30 p.m.


Anonymous said...

Why not extend his contract? Sure, we didn't have a winning season, but we were better, and the future with the kids we have coming back looks good.

Besides, if Walker did well next year, it'd be very easy for another school to come in and take him away.

Anonymous said...

That's a step in the right direction.

CDW & his staff have done a good job with limited resources and this extension will help get those recruits that are 50/50 about coming to NMSU.

Look at utep & Mike Price is coming back for his final contractual year but, there's no extension. Don't you think those recruits are having second thoughts?

Now if Boston can stay away from $$ games and give coach a favorable schedule. Maybe we can go bowling?

It baffles me that he gives Mumme an FCS opponent (or two) each year and gives CDW a bruttal schedule year after year?!


Anonymous said...

He's a good man and good coach.
He is earning his keep and those wins are coming!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Walker stays because he's doing great job.

I hope our OC doesn't go anywhere. The offense is the real reason we've been better this year.

I also hope Lenzmeir sticks around. He's our Texas and NM recruiter I believe.