Indiana's Tom Allen named semifinalist for George Munger College Coach of the Year Award
Reaching the seven-win mark for the first time since 2007, the Indiana Hoosiers have had a successful season. Securing a bowl berth for the first time in his three-year tenure as the program’s head coach, Tom Allen’s work in Bloomington has caught the eye of the Maxwell Football Club.
Announced on Wednesday, the club named Allen one of their semifinalists for the George Munger Award, presented annually to the coach of the year in college football.
Indiana football’s official Twitter account recognized the achievement:
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) November 20, 2019
First awarded in 1989, four B1G coaches – Bo Schembechler in 1989, Lloyd Carr in 1997, Brady Hoke in 2011 and Bill O’Brien in 2012 – have received the honor.
The late Joe Paterno originally won the award three times (1990, 1994, 2005), but his recognition was rescinded after his complicity in the Jerry Sandusky scandal came to light.
Former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano also won the award at Rutgers in 2006, eight years prior to the Scarlet Knights joining the conference.
Outscoring opponents by an average of 33.3-21.4, Indiana ranks in the top-40 in both scoring offense and defense. Initially losing the positional battle to redshirt freshman Michael Penix Jr. in fall camp, redshirt junior Peyton Ramsey has played the best football of his career, completing 72.7% of his passes for 1,673 yards, 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Eager to get back in the win column after falling to No. 8 Penn State on November 16, the Hoosiers host the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines at 3:30PM ET on Saturday on ESPN.