Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Jun 2006

Northwestern Coach Walker Dead at 52

Sad news from the world of college football, where Northwestern coach Randy Walker has died of an apparent heart attack at age 52. Walker was a bright young coach, consistently able to produce competitive teams despite the difficulties of coaching at an elite, private institution in a conference with 10 enormous state universities.

Posted by: Russell Levine on 30 Jun 2006

9 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 2:29am by fonner


by dedkrikit (not verified) :: Fri, 06/30/2006 - 3:30pm

Young? I thought "young" would mean 35-40 years old.

by JRM (not verified) :: Fri, 06/30/2006 - 4:38pm

Walker did an excellent job at Northwestern, and there were rumors that he'd be on Michigan's short list should the Wolverines position open up.

by Travis (not verified) :: Fri, 06/30/2006 - 5:06pm

A sad day. Walker's Northwestern teams showed what an undermanned team can do with an innovative offense. I hope Northwestern has successors available who will sustain Walker's system.

On a side note, is there a reason why troll posts like #2 and Stephen Yang's have increased lately? Is there anything that can be done about it?

by Tom (not verified) :: Fri, 06/30/2006 - 5:20pm

SI's college football writer and Northwestern alum Stewart Mandel had a column on it (see link in name). He touches on the biggest question I had about Walker, whether or not he's a good coach. Walker clearly produced some great results, like the upset of Ohio State last year and the heroics of 2000, including the offensive back-and-forth with Michigan, but games like Ohio State last year showed Northwestern was still Northwestern. Still, I'll always look back on 'Victory Right' with fondness, and a great improvement over the seeming chuck-it-and-pray you get from most Hail Marys.

by JRM (not verified) :: Fri, 06/30/2006 - 5:31pm

Northwestern was still Northwestern.

Absolutely. On a year in, year out basis, Northwestern will never compete with the Ohio States and Michigans of the world.

That was what was so impressive about Walker, and Gary Barnett before him.

I hate to say it, but there's every chance that Northwestern will slide back into it's pre-1995 mode.

by Russell Levine :: Sat, 07/01/2006 - 9:35am

Re #3: The comment has been removed. Not sure why there's been an increase in comments of that sort, other than a continued increase in our traffic. We do our best to stay on top of them and weed them out.

by David (not verified) :: Sat, 07/01/2006 - 2:11pm


by usedbread (not verified) :: Sun, 07/02/2006 - 5:45am

as a dedicated troll of many websites(but not fo), i have to say... i think stephen yang is just an idiot.

if he is a troll, then he sure does suck at it.

ontopic: damn, this sucks. i really loved seeing nw beat up on people... cant remember the name of the lb they had on defense last year, but i was living in chicago at the time, so i got to watch a lot of them. alays fun seeing nw beat on the schools they were supposed to lie down to(nothing like seeing um's arrogance deflate).

by fonner (not verified) :: Wed, 07/05/2006 - 2:29am

tim mcgarigle was their mlb last year. the one bright spot on a defense that was just... horrible (i was at 7 of their games last year... it was almost unbearable to watch them give up leads in practically every game they played..)

rip coach walk.