- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 20, 2015

Former Arkansas State offensive coordinator Walt Bell has been hired to serve in the same role at Maryland, the university announced on Sunday.

Bell, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Red Wolves, with whom he was also the quarterbacks coach. They averaged 40.0 points per game this season, which ended on Saturday with a 47-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl.

Walt is one of the brightest offensive minds in college football and I’m excited to have him on my staff,” new coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. “He has a track record of being part of some of the most potent offenses in college football and he’s going to bring that exciting brand of football to Maryland.”

Bell spent the previous two seasons at North Carolina, where he was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and has also coached at Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Memphis. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2005 after playing four seasons as a wide receiver.

Durkin, hired earlier this month, previously hired Scott Shafer, the coach at Syracuse the last three years, as his defensive coordinator, and Mike London, the former Virginia coach, as his defensive line coach.

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