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.