Indiana has fired offensive coordinator Walt Bell, IU Athletics announced on Sunday afternoon.
Rod Carey will step into the role without an interim tag.
Here’s the release from IU Athletics:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Tom Allen announced on Sunday (Oct.1) afternoon that Rod Carey will replace Walt Bell as the program’s offensive coordinator, effective immediately. Carey has served as a quality control coach with the Hoosiers since the start of the 2022 season, while Bell served as offensive coordinator over the same period.
“I felt we need a new direction on the offensive side of the ball,” Allen said. “Rod brings a wealth of experience and success along with a familiarity with our personnel.
“I wish Walt and his family the best moving forward and thank him for his contributions to our program.”
Carey went 64-50 as head coach at Northern Illinois University (2012-18) and Temple University (2019-21) with seven bowl appearances.
He posted a 52-30 overall mark and a 38-10 Mid-American Conference record at Northern Illinois, with two MAC championships and four West Division titles.
NIU went 12-0 in his first full campaign and was ranked nine-straight weeks, rising as high as No. 16 in the national polls. Carey coached seven All-Americans, including the program’s first two-time All-American in defensive end Sutton Smith.
He joined the Huskies as an offensive line coach in 2011, added run game coordinator duties in 2012, and took over as offensive coordinator following the team’s first game that same campaign. Carey was named head coach on Dec 2, 2012.
Here’s Seth Tow’s story from Saturday evening that helps explain Indiana’s decision.
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