Report: Indiana set to hire former Maryland assistant, UMass head coach as next OC
It hasn’t taken Tom Allen long to target the guy he wants running Indiana’s offense next season.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reporting Indiana is expected to hire Walt Bell to be the team’s next offensive coordinator. He will replace Nick Sheridan, who was fired shortly after the 2021 season came to an end.
The Hoosiers finished the year with a 2-10 record and winless in B1G play.
Sources: #Indiana is set to hire Walt Bell as offensive coordinator. Former OC at Maryland, Florida State and Arkansas State had been UMass head coach the past three seasons. An announcement is expected Tuesday. Bell will replace Nick Sheridan.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 6, 2021
Bell was most recently the head coach at UMass, serving in that position from 2019 through this season. He was terminated after an 1-8 start to the season. In 3 years with the Minutemen, the team was 2-23.
Prior to taking over at UMass, Bell was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Florida State in 2018. Before that, he was in the same role at Maryland from 2016-17. Bell has also had stops at Louisiana, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, North Carolina and Arkansas State.
Indiana ended the season averaging 17.3 points per game, ranking 13th in the B1G and 123rd nationally. The Hoosiers were held to 7 points or fewer in 6 of 9 B1G games.
Tom Allen and the Hoosiers need some sort of spark on that side of the football moving forward. Bell brings plenty of experience to Bloomington.