Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson confirmed after the game that offensive coordinator Walt Bell has accepted the same position at Maryland.
Anderson said he was hoping the news would come out on Sunday.
“I’m sure it had some kind of effect. I’d love for it to have waited until tomorrow morning but that is the nature of football. Our kids just didn’t play well and didn’t have a good night. … I don’t think the news coming out had an effect on the game at all.
“When you have a good staff, guys do a good job, you always expect to lose some. … I’m not in a rush; I want to make sure to bring someone in that fits our personality. I’ll be patient about it and find somebody that fits what we are doing.”