Florida State’s offensive woes ultimately cost them in Willie Taggart’s first season as head coach. But the Seminoles’ scoring struggles apparently weren’t enough to discourage one college football program from poaching Florida State’s offensive coordinator, Walt Bell.
According to The Athletic, the UMass Minutemen are ready to sign Bell as their new head coach.
This will be Bell’s first head coaching job in college football.
The Minutemen and head coach Mark Whipple mutually agreed to part ways in November following a 4-8 season – their fifth straight losing campaign in Whipple’s second stint with the team.
BREAKING: UMass will hire Florida State OC Walt Bell as head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Athletic's @NicoleAuerbach. More details: https://t.co/yv4HnCasMO pic.twitter.com/4I1r19jXDe
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Whipple’s first stint with UMass saw the Minutemen win three Atlantic 10 Conference titles and a NCAA Division I-AA national championship in 1998. But his second stint saw the team go 16-44.
Bell’s Florida State offense was held to 14 points or fewer five times last season. Still, he is regarded as an up-and-coming coach.
The Minutemen are coming off their third season as an FBS independent after a short stint in the MAC from 2012 to 2015.
UPDATE: The Minutemen confirmed the report on Monday afternoon with an announcement on their website.
UMass names Walt Bell as next head coach; was Florida State OC: https://t.co/IN5L8SqVQr
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