Friday, June 30, 2006

Northwestern Coach Walker Dead at 52

Randy Walker, the second-winningest coach in Northwestern history, died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack. Walker took over the Wildcat program in 1999 after nine seasons at Miami (Ohio). "This is a devastating loss, not only for our athletic program, but for the entire Northwestern community," athletic director Mark Murphy said. Walker guided the Wildcats to a 3-8 record in his first season, then overhauled the offense and installed the spread formation. The results were immediate, with Northwestern winning a share of the Big Ten title and finishing 8-4. In seven seasons at Evanston, Walker guided the Wildcats to three bowl games. In April, he signed a contract extension through the 2011 season. Walker was 52.

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