In the wake of the resignation of its head football coach, Indiana University has moved quickly to fill the role. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass says Kevin Wilson and the school parted ways for "philosophical differences as to the leadership of the football program." Associate head coach and New Castle native Tom Allen has been hired to lead the Hoosiers, who will be making their first back-to-back bowl game appearances since 1991.
Glass said during a news conference Thursday in Bloomington no NCAA compliance issues were involved in the reasons for Wilson’s departure. "I appreciate Coach Wilson’s many positive contributions to our football program. This has nothing to do with the performance of the football team, which I view as quite positive and very much heading in the right direction."
Glass said he "quickly concluded" Allen would be the right person to continue the program’s momentum. "He is a leader of men. He is demanding without being demeaning. He is a proven, successful coach on a national scale with deep Indiana ties. He cares about his players, and they care back," said Glass.
Allen was a nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award, which honors the best assistant coach in college football. He served as head coach of the Ben Davis High School football team in Indianapolis in the mid-2000s before moving on to college jobs in his 25 year coaching career at stops including Ole Miss and the University of South Florida.
Allen contract is still being finalized.
Tom Allen says he’s excited for the opportunity.
Fred Glass says “philosophical differences” led to Wilson’s resignation.