Walker made impact on Saints' Payton

MIAMI -- Before entering the NFL coaching ranks in 1997, Sean Payton spent two seasons (1994-95) serving as Randy Walker's offensive coordinator at Miami (Ohio) University.

"I had two really good years there under Randy Walker, who went on to Northwestern, and who we lost a few years ago which is a tragedy," Payton said. "Randy impacted a lot of us."

Payton's current New Orleans Saints' staff contains several ties to Miami University, all because of the groundwork Payton laid while working for Walker, who passed away in June 2006.