The FBS coaching carousel continues to move with reports that UMASS is parting ways with head coach Walt Bell and defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg shared the report.

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Bell went 2-23 in 3 years with the Minutemen. That included a 1-8 mark this season for the FBS independent program following Saturday’s 33-22 loss to FCS member Rhode Island on homecoming weekend. UMass also went winless in 4 games during a COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.

Run game coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Miller will serve as the team’s interim head coach. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately for what’s considered one of the toughest jobs in major college football.


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The Minutemen have regular-season games left against Maine on Saturday at home followed by road contests against Army on Nov. 20 and New Mexico State on Nov. 27.