Walt Bell is leaving his post as Maryland football’s offensive coordinator to accept the same position at Florida State, he confirmed Thursday following recent reports.
Just wanted to finally thank everyone at Maryland for their incredible support and to everyone who’s reached out over the past few days. With that being said, #GoNoles!
— Walt Bell (@coachwaltbell) January 18, 2018
Bell spent two seasons with the Terrapins under DJ Durkin, joining the first-time head coach’s staff in 2016 following a stint as offensive coordinator at Arkansas State. He’ll head to Tallahassee to join Willie Taggart’s new Seminoles staff.
Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel was first to report the news earlier this week, and Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman, InsideMDSports’ Ahmed Ghafir and The Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs were among other outlets to confirm the news.
Bell’s offenses at Maryland ranked 86th and 113th in S&P+ during his two campaigns in College Park, though the latter season was torpedoed by injuries at quarterback. Sophomore starter Tyrrell Pigrome tore his ACL in Maryland’s season-opening win over Texas, and freshman Kasim Hill did the same three weeks later against UCF. North Carolina transfer Caleb Henderson did not see much time due to nagging injuries, and after Max Bortenschlager suffered a concussion, first-year walk-on Ryan Brand was forced into time as the starter.
Maryland’s potential in-house replacements for the position include wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, who added associate head coach to his title last offseason.