AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- UMass Amherst’s head football coach Walt Bell has been fired during his third season as coach. On Monday, UMass officials spoke out about what this means for the future of the program.
Bell was 2-23 in his two-plus seasons at UMass. So far this season, the Minutemen are 1-8 and lost to the University of Rhode Island this weekend.
Today, the university’s athletic director spoke out about what is now the fourth coaching search at the university since 2012.
“…Wasn’t anticipating having to make a coaching change, but felt like at this point in our season, with some things from a progressive standpoint of our football program and not seeing, the progress we want it on the field, we decided to make a change,” said UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford.
You can watch Bamford's full press conference below:
The UMass Minutemen are not currently in a conference. The team plays as an independent school. The program hasn’t had a winning season since 2011. Including the games so far this season, the team is only 25-95 dating back to 2011.
Although independent, UMass is in the Football Bowl Subdivision, so they are eligible to be chosen to compete in a bowl game. However, given their losing record, it does not look like that will happen.
Many fans wonder what the future for the team looks like and wondering if they may move back down into the lower AA division, which they used to compete in.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts fired coach Walt Bell on Sunday after he went 2-23 over three seasons leading the Minutemen.
The team’s defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo was also let go.
The teams interim head coach is offensive line coach Alex Miller.