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June 30, 2006

Randy Walker Dies at 52

Walker, coach of the Northwestern Wildcats, died last night as a result of an apparent heart attack.

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.”

As a football program, Northwestern was a perennial also-ran in the Big Ten. Walker managed to put together a few strong teams during his time, though, and was a respected coach.

But more importantly, he was respected throughout the Big Ten and college football for more than his talent with X’s and O’s. Walker was known throughout the conference for running an ethical, above-board football program. He was well-liked by fellow coaches, his players, and fans alike. He’ll be missed.

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