The Indiana University men’s football team is vying for their first Bowl win in 25 years against the Utah Utes. While the Hoosiers (6-6) can rely on quarterback Richard Lagow and All-Big Ten guard Dan Feeney, they can’t rely on their former head coach Kevin Wilson. Three weeks prior to the big game, Wilson retired citing “philosophical differences.” Defensive coordinator Tom Allen (who’s been with the team for less than one year) has permanently replaced Wilson. Allen signed a six-year contract (estimated at $2.5 million a year).
Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass said at a news conference: “There’s no smoking gun or single precipitating event that led to where we are today. I think it’s really a realization by myself and Kevin that we’re just not on the same page about some — what I view as key — ways the program needs to be led.” New head coach Tom Allen said of Wilson, the man who hired him at IU: “My heart breaks for (Wilson). I never expected for this to happen. However, he believed in me and gave me a chance: Be the head coach of the defense and change the culture on that side of the ball.” The Foster Farms Bowl between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Utah Utes in Santa Clara, California will be televised on Wednesday, December 28 at 8:30pm on FOX.