Here’s the Walker release from NMSU

Here’s the press release New Mexico State just issued moments ago concerning the hiring of UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker as its football coach.

For Immediate Release
December 30, 2008
Walker To Be Introduced As New Aggie Head Football Coach On Wednesday
Las Cruces, N.M. – New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston has confirmed that Dewayne Walker will be introduced as the Aggies’ 33rd head football coach on Wednesday morning. A news conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) in the Stan Fulton Athletics Center on the third floor. The news conference will be streamed live on the New Mexico State Athletics website, www.nmstatesports.com .
Walker has been a part of the coaching ranks for 21 years at both the collegiate and professional levels. Most recently, Walker was in his third season as UCLA’s defensive coordinator. In addition, he served as UCLA’s interim head coach for the 2007 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl game. Walker, who excelled at coaching defenses for three different organizations in the National Football League prior to coming to UCLA, has established himself as one of the top defensive minds in the collegiate game. His professional coaching resume includes stops with the Washington Redskins, New York Giants and the New England Patriots.
Walker’s Bruin defenses ranked 33rd, 29th and 48th in the nation that past three season. In 2008, UCLA’s passing defense was among the nation’s leaders, ranking 11th overall by holding its opponents to just 167.6 yards per game through the air.
Walker replaces Hal Mumme, who was the Aggies’ head coach from 2004-07.

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