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  1. I have not given up on Seth, but if we do need a replacement hire I think Ryan Walters may be the guy. Known as an outstanding recruiter, he has coached at North Texas before and understand the situation and what needs to get done. Known as the very best recruiter in the country. Only problem is paying his buyout won't be cheap, it's $750K. I think he would be a fantastic hire and unlike Fuente would still be hungry to win.
  2. At 30 years old, Walters’ star is rising. He said he fielded “a couple offers” during the offseason to become a defensive coordinator elsewhere. Walters stood pat at MU with his pot sweetened. Odom added a co-defensive coordinator label to Walters’ job title, and Walters received a pay raise to $340,000 this season, a $100,000 increase. “For one, I wanted to stay,” Walters said, “and two, the title, that made it an easier decision.” Pinkel’s 15 seasons on the Missouri sideline featured remarkably little movement from his assistant coaches. Odom already has said goodbye to one of his hires. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson bolted for the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles less than six weeks after joining Odom’s staff. Walters feels loyalty to Odom. He also has lofty career aspirations. “I don’t care if you’re a janitor or the president, you try to be the best at what you do,” Walters said. “And in our profession, the head coach is the pinnacle of the coaching tree, so obviously, one day, God willing, if I get the chance to do so, that’d be great.” Walters is the second-youngest coach in the Southeastern Conference to have the title of offensive or defensive coordinator or co-coordinator. Kodi Burns, 27, is the co-offensive coordinator at Auburn under offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Although Walters added the co-coordinator title, Missouri’s defensive coordinator duties are not shared. Cross is in charge of the defense. “He is the defensive coordinator, and he deserves that title,” Walters said. Walters will continue coaching the safeties while also offering any insight he thinks will be beneficial to the entire defense. Additionally, Odom said that other than himself, Walters probably has more special-teams coaching responsibilities than anyone on staff. “You can tell he has a lot of input on the entire program at the age of 30,” said tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley, who was a graduate assistant with Walters at Oklahoma in 2012. Walters tries to make his youth an asset. Finley called Walters “probably the best recruiter in America.” Walters said he relates easily to the athletes he’s recruiting, in part because he’s closer in age to the prospects than most other coaches who come calling. Walters’ musical interests probably aren’t all that different than many of his players. He likes hip hop artists Drake, Travis Scott and Future. Walters was left playing catch-up on popular television show “Breaking Bad,” which went off the air in 2013 — Walters recently finished watching the show — but he tries to stay current. He’s a fan of the Netflix original crime thriller “Narcos” and is eagerly awaiting the next season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” “I don’t play video games, but I know how to get on the Xbox if I need to,” Walters said. Relatability only goes so far in recruiting, though. It’s Walters’ ability to build bonds, Finley said, that sets him apart. “He’s very personable,” Finley said. “He can talk to an 18-year-old kid for the first time, and it feels like they’ve been talking for two years.” read more: http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu_football/walters-star-is-rising-as-he-prepares-for-his-second/article_20b28661-7d53-53de-b4b3-2769865de75d.html
  3. I caught up with former UNT cornerbacks coach Ryan Walters today to chat a little about his departure for Memphis. I will have quotes from Walters in my notebook that will be in tomorrows paper. Be sure to pick up a copy. Walters confirmed what we already knew. Heading to Memphis was largely a family decision. Looking at it from the outside in, yeah, there isnt a whole lot of difference in the between the levels the Mean Green and Tigers play at. Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2014/02/tuesday-night-notes-walters-talks-about-departure-jr-day.html/
  4. The University of Memphis looks as if it has found a replacement for departed cornerback coach Chris Vaughn, who left to join Charlie Strong’s staff at the University of Texas. North Texas cornerbacks coach Ryan Walters, a former Colorado defensive back, is expected to fill the void, according to several sources close to the program. Walters spent one season under Dan McCarney at North Texas in 2013 after serving as a graduate assistant in 2012 at Oklahoma and working with the Sooner cornerbacks. Before joining the Oklahoma staff, Walters spent two seasons at Arizona under Mike Stoops. He was a graduate assistant in 2010 and the defensive backs coach in 2011. After finishing his playing career in 2008 as an honorable mention All-Big 12 defensive back, Walters served as a student assistant for the Buffaloes in 2009 working with the secondary. Memphis, 3-9 last season, begins spring practice March 2 and its third season under coach Justin Fuente next fall. Read more: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/feb/10/missouri-coach-says-whole-team-knew-sam-was-gay/
  5. A lot of talk on here about Coach Mac, Coach Chico and some of the other UNT coaches who are certainly deserving. I wanted to give a shout out to Ryan Walters who I think made a very big impact for this program in a short period of time as he was hired less than a year ago. The cornerback position went from a weakness to a strength for this team and I think was one of the main reasons we had such an outstanding season. Walters has been a excellent recruiter for us and is a favorite among the players. So THANK YOU Coach Walters for all you have done and continue to do for the Mean Green program! GMG!
  6. UNT has hired former Arizona and Oklahoma assistant coach Ryan Walters, head coach Dan McCarney said this afternoon. Walters spent last season as a graduate assistant at OU. He was previously on the staff at Arizona. “I coached against him when he was at Colorado,” McCarney said. “He worked for Greg Brown, Mike Stoops and Bobby Stoops. Those were his mentors. When the staff at Arizona got let go, he went to Oklahoma.” Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2013/02/unt-hires-ryan-walters.html/
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