Maryland will hire Arkansas State offensive coordinator Walt Bell to fill the same position in College Park, FOX Sports reported Saturday. SI.com also reported Bell will be hired.
Bell, 31, spent two seasons in the position running an uptempo spread offense with the Red Wolves. In 2015, Arkansas State ranked 36th nationally in yards per game (448), 14th in rushing yards per game (235.8) and 10th in points per game (41.0). The Red Wolves finished the season 9-3 and are scheduled to play in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night.
In his first season as Arkansas State offensive coordinator in 2014, the Red Wolves gained 500 yards of total offense in a game five times.
Bell has worked with Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson for the past five years with stops at Southern Mississippi and North Carolina. Before he became the Red Wolves' offensive coordinator, Bell worked as the Tar Heels' tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for two years on coach Larry Fedora's staff. Both of Bell's recruiting classes ranked in the top five in the ACC, and he tutored current Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron.
At Southern Mississippi, Bell was a graduate assistant and wide receivers coach.
Bell also has had stops at Oklahoma State and Memphis, and he played wide receiver in college at Middle Tennessee State.
Bell is the first major hire on the offensive side of the ball for new Maryland coach DJ Durkin, who said he was being "deliberate" in his offensive coordinator search. Durkin has already made a number of defensive hires.