Report: Maryland hires offensive coordinator
D.J. Durkin has been a busy man.
Since was hired by Maryland three weeks ago, he’s been making moves on what feels like an everyday basis. Whether it’s locking down four-star recruits or landing former head coaches to join his staff, Durkin has been everywhere.
On Saturday, he reportedly made another big move.
Sports Illustrated reported that Maryland named Arkansas State’s Walt Bell as its new offensive coordinator.
Bell, 31, was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for an ASU squad that went 9-3 and won a Sun Belt Conference title. His offense scored 41 points per game and was 10th in FBS in scoring.
In 2014, Bell led the Red Wolves to school records in total yardage (6,194), points scored (477) and total plays (1,024). Before that, he was the tight ends coach at North Carolina, where he helped the program break over 35 school records. He coached Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron to an All-American season in 2013.
He reportedly turned down the Louisiana Monroe job, which would’ve made the 31-year-old the youngest coach in FBS.
Bell will take over a Maryland offense that struggled mightily in 2015. The Terps turned the ball over more than any team in FBS and finished 95th in scoring.
He’ll have the luxury of working with three 4-star offensive recruits, assuming they all stay committed to the Terps following the move. Ohio State is making a late push for four-star pro style quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is rated seventh at the position in the 2016 class.
Maryland will likely have an official announcement on the hire by the end of the weekend. It remains unclear what the team will do with former interim coach Mike Locksley, who took over the program after Randy Edsall was fired in the middle of the season.