Walt Bell on secrecy surrounding Indiana offense: 'We've got to protect the organization' ahead of Week 1 game against Illinois
Indiana OC Walt Bell doesn’t want Illinois learning what the Hoosiers are doing on offense, so he’s keeping the details of what goes on in practice a secret.
Bell spoke with the media on Tuesday. When asked about the secrecy surrounding the Indiana offense, he said it’s about not helping the opponent.
“The ultimate goal of what we’re doing right now is to win the first football game,” Bell told reporters. “As little as we can possibly let Illinois know, is probably a good thing for us. We’ve got to protect the organization and make sure we’re putting our team in the best position to win the game that’s possible.
“We’re gonna be really quiet. We’re just gonna work on us. … The first play against Illinois, there will be 11 people, there will be somebody catching the snap – we’re gonna go play. I think it’s allowed our group good comradery and that we’re just worried about us right now. We don’t have to worry about any outside things. We don’t have to worry about anything else. That’s Coach (Tom) Allen’s plan. That’s what he wants for the organization. We’re going to keep this thing very close to the vest and get ready to go play our best football.”
“The ultimate goal of what we’re doing right now is to win the first football game.” – Indiana’s new OC Walt Bell on the secrecy that has surrounded the implementation of Indiana’s offense in his first season in Bloomington. #iufbhttps://t.co/olX1B0qcsc pic.twitter.com/PporWnPVmE
— Jim Coyle 🎙️ (@jimcoyleISB) August 9, 2022
Indiana hosts Illinois on Sept. 2, a Friday night Week 1 clash. Bell is in his first season as the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator.