Indiana’s search for a head coach wasn’t much of a search.
The school confirmed reports that Kevin Wilson was out as the Hoosiers coach on Thursday and that he would be replaced by defensive coordinator Tom Allen.
“I appreciate Coach Wilson’s many positive contributions to our football program,” athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “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.
“Once Coach Wilson and I concluded to part ways, I turned to determining who the best person in the country would be to keep up our momentum and take us to another level with our football team… I quickly concluded that person was in our midst in Tom Allen. 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.”
Glass did add during his press conference on Thursday evening that there were no NCAA issues or medical related to Wilson’s departure, just that they disagreed over the future of the team.
As for Allen, he arrived in Bloomington in January of this year to help revive Indiana’s defense and helped the team improve in just about every statistical category this season. He’s a native of New Castle, Indiana and has had notable stops at Ole Miss and South Florida during his career.
With Allen in place as head coach for the Hoosiers, that may just conclude one of the strangest — and quickest — coaching searches in college football this year. Wilson’s resignation (as it was termed in the release) certainly came out of nowhere on Thursday and it didn’t take long before the school quickly moved on his replacement.
Indiana’s regular season is over but the team is still awaiting their bowl destination for later this month. Luckily for them though, they don’t have to wait at all to find out who their head coach will be in 2017 and beyond.