Reports: Former UMass football coach Walt Bell hired as Indiana’s offensive coordinator

  • Former UMass football coach Walt Bell is set to be Indiana's next offensive coordinator. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • Former UMass football coach Walt Bell is set to be Indiana's next offensive coordinator. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

Published: 12/6/2021 5:17:10 PM
Modified: 12/6/2021 5:16:42 PM

Walt Bell landed on his feet.

The former UMass head football coach, who was fired after the Minutemen lost to Rhode Island earlier this season, will join Indiana as its offensive coordinator next season according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg. Bell went 2-23 in three seasons at UMass.

When UMass let Bell go, he had two years remaining on his contract. The school owed him a buyout of 100 percent of his total remaining compensation for this season and 75-percent of the $625,000 ($468,750) due in each of the next two seasons for a total of $937,500.

But there was offset language in Bell’s contract that stipulated the money Bell makes at his next job would be deducted from his buyout.

According to reports, Bell will make over $700,00 a year coaching for the Hoosiers, which eliminates UMass’ financial responsibility to its former coach.

He’s replacing Nick Sheridan at Indiana, who was fired last week. Bell served as UMass’ offensive coordinator last season in addition to being the head coach. He was previously Florida State’s offensive coordinator in 2018 and has filled the same role at Maryland and Arkansas State.

The Minutemen welcomed Don Brown as their new football coach for a second tour of duty last week.




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