UMass Coach Says Cancellation Of Football Season Is “Tougher” On Him Than Death Of His Parents

The cancellation of college football is tough on everyone but it’s especially tough on UMass football coach Walt Bell.

The 36-year-old Bell has been coaching the UMass Minutemen since 2018 and at the start of the his news conference after the school canceled all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bell described his feelings about the decision.

He took it really, really, really personal:

“I’ll tell you guys the same way I told my players, You know, my dad passed away in 2008; my biological mom OD’d in 2012. And to be honest with you, this is probably a tougher day than both of those days.”

“You know, it’s one thing when it’s in your own family and you’ve got a job to do and be the caretaker for the other people, but when you’ve got to go look at 100 some-odd or 109 18-to-21-year-old kids in the face and tell them that their dreams aren’t gonna come true, that’s a devastating deal.

College football coaches are a different bread and Walt Bell might be the most different among them.