Nov 16, 2019; Evanston, IL, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen head coach Walt Bell looks on in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

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UMass fires Walt Bell after 2-23 mark at school

UMass fired football coach Walt Bell on Sunday, a day after the Minutemen lost their homecoming game to FCS program Rhode Island.

Defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo also was fired and offensive line coach Alex Miller, a 2007 UMass alum and a former All-American offensive lineman, will serve as interim head coach.

The school said a national search for a new head coach would begin immediately.

Bell leaves the program after compiling a 2-23 record since he took over as head coach before the 2019 season

The only win for UMass this season came Oct. 9 against UConn, which also is 1-8 on the season.

Miller previously was on the coaching staffs at Oregon and New Hampshire.

Bell, now 37, was hired in December 2018 following one season as the offensive coordinator at Florida State. He also previously coached at Arkansas State, Maryland, Florida State, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Memphis.

His only other win with UMass came Sept. 28, 2019, over Akron.

UMass has three games remaining on the season: Nov. 13 vs. Maine, Nov. 20 at Army and Nov. 27 at New Mexico State.

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