UMass football coach Walt Bell fired following homecoming loss to URI


AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass football’s homecoming loss to the University of Rhode Island Saturday was the final game under head coach Walt Bell.

UMass Athletics director Ryan Bamford announced Bell has been fired, with three games remaining in his third season at Amherst.

The former head coach is leaving behind just a 2-23 record in his two and half seasons with the Minutemen.

22News spoke with Ryan Bamford, Director of Athletics at UMass, who told us, “Year three we thought we could turn the corner, ultimately, I think we just haven’t turned it in a way I thought we should have.”

Bamford’s concern goes beyond the remaining three games this season, with only one win under the team’s belt this year, the decision was for the future of the program.

“In order to put us in a better position, to have success moving forward, I just felt like a new voice and a new talent evaluator, talent developer was needed,” Bamford continued.

Offensive Line Coach Alex Miller will serve as the interim head coach until a new head coach is named. Miller says his plan from now to the end of the season is taking things day by day.

“I’m not worried about Saturday right now. I’m more worried about the rest of today and tomorrow, mornings, practice, and honestly guys that’s how it’s going to be for the next 21 days,” Miller told 22News.

UMass will host Maine on Saturday before visiting Army on November 20 and finishing the season at New Mexico State.

Bamford also said the program will definitely be increasing their coaching salary pool for this upcoming season.

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