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December 28, 2013

Walt Bell to Arkansas State

Tar Heel Illustrated has learned through sources close to the situation that UNC tight ends coach Walt Bell will be leaving North Carolina to take the offensive coordinator job at Arkansas State.

Bell is following former UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who left Carolina earlier this month to take the head coaching job at ASU.

Bell has a long history with Coach Anderson, having played under him at Middle Tennessee State, and having coached with him at Southern Miss, North Carolina, and now Arkansas State.

THI has learned that Bell was offered the co-offensive coordinator position by UNC head coach Larry Fedora, along with a raise that would have made his total compensation package more than what Arkansas State was offering, but less than what Anderson made during his time as Carolina's offensive coordinator.

And Bell elected to take the full coordinator position being offered by Arkansas State.

Bell's departure means that UNC head coach Larry Fedora will now have to make two new coaching hires, while also finding a new recruiting coordinator.

During his time as recruiting coordinator at UNC, the youthful, energetic Bell helped the Tar Heels make tremendous in-roads in Atlanta and suburban Washington D.C., helping make North Carolina a factor once again in those critical recruiting areas.

Bell also helped mold Eric Ebron into one of the top tight ends in the nation, as Ebron established a new UNC school record for receptions by a tight end while playing himself into position to be one of the first tight ends to be taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Coach Fedora was mum on potential coaching hires following Saturday's 39-17 triumph over Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. We're told that Bell told the UNC players that he was leaving shortly after the game.

"We're still in a holding pattern right now. I don't know if I have a day that we'll have it done, but we'll find the right person (to replace Anderson and Bell)," Fedora said.


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