Indiana's Tom Allen named finalist for prestigious national award
Indiana head coach Tom Allen is getting more recognition.
The B1G Coach of the Year has also been named a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year award. Allen’s recognition comes after a season in which the Hoosiers finished the year with a 6-1 record, ending major losing streaks to programs like Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin.
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Even though Indiana was snubbed of a berth in a New Year’s Six bowl appearance, the team will travel to Tampa to play in the Outback Bowl. The Hoosiers will take on Ole Miss, which finished the year with a 4-5 record.
Indiana opened the year with a thrilling 36-35 overtime win over Penn State. The Hoosiers then proceeded to defeat Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland and Wisconsin. The lone blemish was a 42-35 loss to Ohio State in Columbus. Indiana also had its season finale against Purdue canceled due to COVID-19 issues within both programs.
This marks the second-straight year IU has qualified for a bowl game. Last year, the Hoosiers were 8-4 and earned a trip to the Gator Bowl.