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- Northwestern Coach Walker Passes Away

Chris Pokorny June 30, 2006
Chris Pokorny
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We are sad to announce that Northwestern University football coach Randy Walker passed away Thursday night to an apparent heart attack at the age of 52. Walker felt chest pains in his chest at around 10 p.m. at his home in Chicago, according to Mike Wolf, the school's assistant athletic director.

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

Walker last led the Wildcats to the Sun Bowl in December, but lost to UCLA 50-38. Walker had problems back in October of 2004, and was diagnosed with inflammation of the heart muscle.

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

Walker had received a four-year extension two months ago, which extended his contract through the 2011 season. He joined Northwestern in 1999. Last year, he led the Wildcats to a 7-5 record.

We wish the best to Walker's wife, Tamara, and his two children, Abbey and Jamie.

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