Indiana head coach Tom Allen congratulates, thanks Kalen DeBoer in thoughtful message
Indiana head coach Tom Allen is losing one of his top assistants, but he can’t help but be happy for his now-former offensive coordinator.
Tuesday, IU offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer was officially announced as the next head coach at Fresno State after one season in Bloomington. He was previously the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2017 and 2018 under Jeff Tedford.
At the end of the season, Tedford stepped down after three years at Fresno State.
Following the official announcement, Allen issued a congratulatory and thankful message to DeBoer.
“I would like to congratulate [Kalen DeBoer] for being named the Head Football Coach at Fresno State,” Allen wrote on Twitter. “He is an excellent football coach and even better man. Thank you for helping us have a great 2019 season!!”
I would like to congratulate @KalenDeBoer for being named the Head Football Coach at Fresno State!!! He is an excellent football coach and an even better man. Thank you for helping us have a great 2019 season!! #LEO
— Coach Tom Allen (@CoachAllenIU) December 17, 2019
This season, DeBoer has revamped Indiana’s entire offense into a heavy passing attack. With both Michael Penix Jr. and Peyton Ramsey under center throughout the year, the Hoosiers ranked No. 2 in the B1G in passing offense, averaging 308.7 yards per game. That average ranked 13th nationally.
Because of his unique offensive mind, DeBoer’s arrival helped push the Hoosiers into their best season in 25 years, finishing the season with an 8-4 record. Indiana won road games against Nebraska and Purdue and will have a chance to get a ninth win for the first time since the 1967 season.
Indiana will take on Tennessee in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.