January 27, 2009 |
UCLA looked within to fill its defensive coordinator position Monday, promoting Chuck Bullough and adding Carnell Lake to the staff as cornerbacks coach. Bullough, 40, had been the Bruins' linebackers coach the last three seasons under defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who was hired as New Mexico State's coach in December. UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel interviewed candidates outside the program but decided Bullough was best suited in terms of consistency.
December 31, 2008 |
DeWayne Walker will be introduced as New Mexico State's football coach today, ending three seasons as UCLA's defensive coordinator. Walker, 48, becomes the seventh African American head coach in major college football. UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement, "DeWayne is a first-class coach and a first-class man who certainly deserves the opportunity to run his own program. DeWayne has been a terrific asset to UCLA, both on and off the field, and he will be missed.
December 20, 2008
Let me get this straight. DeWayne Walker can't get a job as a head coach and the majority of Times readers think it's because he hasn't earned a spot. If only he could get fired from two jobs under a cloud of controversy, the UCLA job would have been his. Maybe he could've led an uber-talented offense through an under-achieving season and he'd be at Washington. Or if he could have coached Notre Dame through years of big wins over Air Force and none over a ranked team, he would be getting a vote of confidence.
December 15, 2008 |
UCLA has held on to defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, at least for now. Walker said he will spend the next few weeks considering his options after learning Sunday that he did not get the head coaching spot at San Diego State. It has been reported that Ball State Coach Brady Hoke will be hired. "You go through the process knowing that they were looking at head coaching experience," Walker said. "Still, I took a shot at it."
December 13, 2008
It is always a pleasure to read Kurt Streeter's Minority Report. Last week he was crying because Ty Willingham, who quit a great job at Stanford, was fired for losing 14 straight games at Washington. Now it is poor DeWayne Walker at UCLA. DeWayne is a nice gentleman and an excellent coach, but UCLA has a 17-21 record during the last three years. The lack of offense is not his fault, but who can forget his defense holding BYU to only 59 points this year or allowing Fresno State to score 36 points at home and beat us, or even worse, losing to Notre Dame last year with less than two minutes left?
December 7, 2008 |
Trojans 28, UCLA 7 -- not exactly the overpowering USC win many guessed it would be. This was sort of like watching a high-powered sports car try to speed down a freeway full of potholes and sharp nails. Responsible for the obstacles was a Bruins defense that -- talent-challenged and playing with little rest because the offense could barely function -- kept this game from getting out of hand. Kudos to the Bruins' D for playing smartly, cohesively and with pants-on-fire hustle.