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Former USF assistant Tom Allen named IU coach (UPDATED)

Former USF defensive coordinator Tom Allen reportedly will serve as interim coach at Indiana.

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Former USF defensive coordinator Tom Allen reportedly will serve as interim coach at Indiana.

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Former USF defensive coordinator Tom Allen, who left for the same job at Indiana last winter, has been named Hoosiers head coach, the school announced Thursday  evening.

Allen replaces Kevin Wilson, whose abrupt resignation was accepted amid reports the school was investigating his treatment of Hoosiers players.

"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," IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a school news release.

"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."

In one season at IU, Allen -- raised in New Castle, Ind. -- has overseen a defensive resurgence of sorts. The bowl-eligible Hoosiers (6-6) rank 40th nationally in total defense (372.6 ypg) after ranking 120th (509.5 ypg) last season.

Architect of the 4-2-5 "Bull Shark" scheme at USF, his Bulls unit ranked 13th nationally in tackles for loss (7.5 per game) and and 14th in interceptions (17) last season.

Allen never has served as a head coach in college, but was coach at Indianapolis' Ben Davis High for three years, and was hired as coach at now-defunct Temple Heights in Temple Terrace shortly after graduating from college. He also served as an Armwood High assistant.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:39pm]

    

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