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New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker quits to join Jags’ staff

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DeWayne Walker has quit his job as the head coach at New Mexico State to join the staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to multiple reports, Walker will be the defensive backs coach in Jacksonville. The Jaguars haven’t announced the move, but New Mexico State officials have confirmed that Walker informed them he’s leaving.

He is going to resign and accept a position in Jacksonville,” New Mexico State Athletics Director McKinley Boston told the Las Cruces Sun-News. “It’s official.”

Walker is leaving New Mexico State less than two weeks before National Signing Day, but as everyone who follows college football knows, coaches routinely ask teenage boys to commit the next four or five years of their lives to a school, knowing full well that they’ll ditch that school just as soon as someone else offers them a better job.

And Walker, who went 1-11 as head coach at New Mexico State last year, apparently views the Jaguars defensive backs coach position as a better job.

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13 Responses to “New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker quits to join Jags’ staff”
  1. catskinnerd11r says: Jan 24, 2013 2:12 PM

    As a person who went to NMSU, a janitorial job with the Jaguars would be better than coaching the aggies. With that said, he was an awful coach and good riddance.

  2. brownmud says: Jan 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    I doubt he views the Jags job as a better job. He probably views it as a job. After going 1-11 he probably assumes that job won’t last much longer.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2013 2:18 PM

    New Mexico State offering to pay all of DeWayne’s moving expenses to get to Jacksonville was the deal breaker.

  4. rca26 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:24 PM

    NMSU probably will lose FBS positioning in the very near future. It’s not a good situation all around, but you can’t blame the guy for grabbing a more stable NFL job when he has the chance.

  5. thechronicjoker says: Jan 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    At least he’s not quitting to join the Jets.

  6. trollhammer20 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:29 PM

    As someone who lives in New Mexico, I don’t blame him.

  7. steelerben says: Jan 24, 2013 2:35 PM

    This move won’t look bad at all if he gets the chance to coach Ed Reed, Darelle Revis, or both depending on how trades and free agency shake out.

  8. jwreck says: Jan 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    It’s always a shame when a new coach quits on you. Especially for a budding young football program like Mexico State.

  9. shackdelrio says: Jan 24, 2013 2:58 PM

    With all the conference realignments over the last few years, the ultimate loser in it all was New Mexico State. They are a school without a conference. Literally. They are close to getting demoted to FCS level.

    It was like Walker was on the Titanic but at least he got a lifeboat.

  10. vmannj says: Jan 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    Smart career move. After going 1-11, he may not be employed for long anway. If you get fired from NMSU, your chances of landing an NFL job become greatly diminished. Take the NFL gig while it’s still on the table.

  11. awhite46 says: Jan 24, 2013 4:07 PM

    “coaches routinely ask teenage boys to commit the next four or five years of their lives to a school, knowing full well that they’ll ditch that school just as soon as someone else offers them a better job.”

    If everyone knows this, why the outrage? They’re going to college (for free!) to play football. It’s not prison. They can transfer.

  12. Canyonero says: Jan 24, 2013 9:01 PM

    I’m glad he’s gone. Sounds like he’s glad to leave Las Cruces NM.

    Pretty much a win-win, if you can say that about a 1-11 football program.

  13. lynx79 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:10 PM

    DeWayne Walker another complete failure as a head coach just like Mike Locksley, recent former New Mexico head coach, Jon Embree (Colorado), Turner Gill (Kansas). Walker took over a program that beat Nevada with Colin Kaepernick in Reno the yr before (Hal Mumme head coach) and ran it into the ground. New Mexico State admin stupidly gave DeWayne Walker totally undeserved extension after 2011 season. New Mexico State should and will liquidate their football program in a few yrs.

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