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Former Miami (OH) football coach dies
« on: June 30, 2006, 08:08:30 AM »

Northwestern Football Coach Randy Walker Dead at 52
 
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Northwestern University football coach Randy Walker died of an apparent heart attack Thursday night. He was 52.
Walker died after feeling chest pains around 10 p.m. at his suburban Chicago home, said Mike Wolf, the school's assistant athletic director for media services.

"This is a devastating loss, not only for our athletic program, but for the entire Northwestern community," athletic director Mark Murphy said in a statement early Friday. "Randy truly embraced Northwestern and its mission, and cared deeply for his student-athletes, both on and off the field."

Walker was the first Northwestern coach to lead the school to three bowl games. The Wildcats lost to UCLA 50-38 in the Sun Bowl last December.

In October 2004, Walker checked himself into a hospital after experiencing chest pains. He was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle; the condition is not a common ailment, and is usually caused by a virus.

Walker was out of the hospital in two days, and said he was taking a new approach to his diet and work schedule.

"I've really taken my doctor's orders to heart, because frankly, I want to see my grandkids someday," he said at the time.

Two months ago, Northwestern gave Walker a four-year extension through the 2011 season. He joined the school in 1999 after nine years at Miami of Ohio.

Walker's Wildcats posted 37 wins, going 7-5 last season. He led the team to three bowl games since 2000.

Northwestern shared the Big Ten title in 2000 and went to the Alamo Bowl. The Wildcats also went to the 2003 Motor City Bowl.

Walker was the first Wildcats coach to guide the team to four seasons with at least six wins since C.M. Hollister in 1899-1902.

He is survived by his wife, Tamara, and two children, Abbey, 28, and Jamie, 25, who is the school's football recruiting assistant.

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Never thought he was a good coach, but he did take NW to 3 straight bowls... tough blow for them and of course, his family.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2006, 08:35:15 AM »

Wow. That's really sad. I met the Walker family while I was at Miami - how devastating for them. He was an assistant at UNC before returning to Miami.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2006, 09:45:57 AM »

Holy crap! That's awful.

My dad probably doesn't know this and I'll have to break that news.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2006, 10:46:53 AM »

As a Miami alum and Northwestern fan, I found this news very upsetting. I thought Walker was a good coach. Three straight bowl games at Northwestern is outstanding. Plus, he really did care for his players. Its been covered by a Yahoo! writer already somewhere but I am going to tell it anyways. At a booster dinner, Walker was talking about new signees coming in, and this was after a bowl loss that the placekicker had a bad game, so when he mentioned a new kicker he signed, there were some people clapping. Walker stopped mid-sentence, glared at some of the people clapping and said something to the effect of "most of you can't even hit a $10 putt, so when you can kick a 43 yard field goal for $500,000, then you can boo".

Randy will be missed. I'm a little less excited about going to the game in Oxford this August knowing how somber it will be.
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2006, 08:57:40 PM »

A nice article that appeared on Yahoo's home page today
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060901/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_walker_ceremony
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2006, 09:41:18 AM »

The pregame ceremony was nice and the halftime tribute on the videoboard was well done. Even though I was rooting for Miami, the loss didn't bother me knowing that the win meant a lot more to those kids in purple.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2006, 04:35:26 PM »

Exactly. That's the same way I felt about it. If Miami had to lose a game, I feel better about it being this one because of the circumstances.
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