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Tom Allen releases statement following departure from Indiana football program



Indiana football head coach Tom Allen
Indiana football head coach Tom Allen released a full statement on Sunday following the news of his firing. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Indiana football program is going separate ways from head coach Tom Allen after seven seasons as the university confirmed that it had fired Allen on Sunday.

Indiana is coming off of a 3-9 season in 2023 and a 9-27 record in the last three years. Over that time, Tom Allen went just 3-24 in Big Ten games.

On Sunday afternoon, Allen released a statement:

“It has been my greatest professional honor to serve as Indiana’s head football coach for the past seven years.  Representing this University and this State has meant more to me than you can imagine.  Our entire journey here has been based on a simple concept – Love.  Each.  Other.  It’s what we’ve done, it’s what we’ll always do.  I continue to believe it’s a recipe to change the world.  There have been so many incredible memories made and relationships formed.  I’ll always be grateful for the players, coaches and staff who believed in our vision and gave their heart and soul for this program.

“College football has changed dramatically over the past several years.  Some of those changes have been a shock to the conscience of those who support IU football.  The time has come to fully embrace those changes and I pray that IU does just that.

“To each and every player who put on the Crimson and Cream over the past 7 seasons, I love you, thank you and God bless.”

Across the 2019 and 2020 seasons Indiana went 14-7. That included an 8-5 record in 2019 and an appearance in the Gator Bowl. In 2020 during a shortened season, Allen led Indiana to a 6-2 record and a loss in the Outback Bowl

Indiana has gone just 9-27 overall from 2021-2023.

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