Indiana missing out on a New Year's Six bid cost Tom Allen a big payday
For Indiana football fans, 2020 was the most memorable season in recent years.
But as good as it was for the Hoosier faithful, the year won’t end in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Indiana stayed at the No. 11 spot in the College Playoff Committee’s final top-25 of the season on Sunday. With an automatic bid set for Pac-12 champion Oregon and the outcome of the Clemson-Notre Dame game opening the door for North Carolina to reach the Orange Bowl, the Hoosiers became the odd man out in the discussion of the New Year’s Six teams.
The cold shoulder turned out to be a costly one for Indiana coach Tom Allen.
According to his contract, per Zach Osterman, Allen would be in line for a $50,000 bonus if the Hoosiers win the Outback Bowl, and he would have been owed a $200,000 bonus if they had qualified for a New Year’s Six Bowl.
That’s a bad beat.
Tom Allen would be in line for a $50,000 bonus if the Hoosiers win the Outback Bowl. He would have been owed a $200,000 bonus if they had qualified for a New Year's Six bowl. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) December 20, 2020