Through Florida’s Freedom of Information Act, The Daily Stampede has acquired the contract details for new South Florida Bulls offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell. The former Valdosta State head coach signed a two-year, $780,000 deal to lead the Bulls’ offense over the next two seasons.
While this is just the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), we have the basics for the pact, which was signed by Bell and Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly on January 10, one day after ABC 27’s Alison Posey in Tallahassee reported that Bell had accepted the job.
- 2019: $380,000
- 2020: $400,000
- $20,000 relocation allowance
- $500 per month car stipend
Bell will earn $20,000 less than former offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert was slated to make in 2019 for USF before he bolted to McNeese State as their new head coach.
Bell takes over for Gilbert after two very turbulent seasons as the playcaller for the Bulls where he became predictable and vanilla. USF fell off the cliff late in the year after starting quarterback Blake Barnett was injured versus Tulane, and re-injured at Temple.
As the head coach at Valdosta State, Bell’s offense averaged 7.89 yards per play, 52 points per game, and led the way to an undefeated 14-0 record capped off by a D-II National Championship.
Bell has brought offensive line coach Jeremy Darveau, quality control specialist Andrew Robustello, and his son Kade (assistant QB coach) over from VSU to USF.
We’ve asked for the contracts for the new coaches, as well as any raises and extension for the current staff. We will report them as we get them.