What Indiana's Tom Allen said during his weekly presser
In five years at Indiana head coach Tom Allen has raised the long-struggling program from the doldrums to heights from which the Hoosiers can open fire on any team in the Big Ten and experience some success.
Another doleful record fell Saturday as Indiana knocked off Michigan, (in authoritative style, no less), for the first time in thirty-three seasons, dating back to 1987. The undefeated and tenth ranked Hoosiers are headed next Saturday to East Lansing, Michigan for an opportunity to sweep the Michigan schools for the first time in maybe forever.
If the 3-0 Hoosiers continue to win, they may be looking at an opportunity to play for their first Big Ten title since 1967, which is the league’s longest drought and a dubious honor they share with the University of Minnesota.
On Monday Allen spoke with reporters over a Zoom call and this is what he had to say about his football team.
Tom Allen Zoom conference starting. Starting with Michigan win.— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
"Obviously very historic win, huge for our program. Been hard for us to beat Michigan over the years … it took all of us." #iufb
Tom Allen lists a number of things he liked, including the way the OL blocked, the way the RB ran, etc.— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
But still thinks IU can play better defensively. #iufb
"Gave up some passes we shouldn't have. Got to get that cleaned up coverage-wise."
Allen calls MSU a "tough, hard-nosed, hard-playing" football team. Says the Brass Spittoon is of high value to him and the program. Haven't been able to win it as head coach. #iufb— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
Tom Allen on the cut on his cheek after jumping on Devon Matthews' after that game-seeling INT.— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
"No stiches required. Just a mere flesh wound." #iufb
Tom Allen talking about his start at Temple Heights High in the early '90s and the shirts he made up for a program that hadn't done so well, "Dare to believe".— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
Now he feels "blessed" enough to be a part of another situation, at IU, where he's helped turn things around. #iufb
Tom Allen reemphasizes the importance of the MSU game:— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
"It's a trophy game for us, and we understand that. We set down goals for this season, and this was up there." #iufb
Tom Allen, talking about keeping things going at MSU:— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) November 9, 2020
"You create change by the things you do every single day. Our guys have been reinforced by that mantra and that mindset. There's no question. You're going on the road to play a Big Ten opponent." #iufb
Allen says he was proud of offensive staff for finding an answer to third down success.— PaulGable (@PaulEGable) November 9, 2020
Allen continues by saying "We have to be at our best and play our best football. It's Big Ten football, we know the standard. Doesn't mater how you start, but how you finish."— PaulGable (@PaulEGable) November 9, 2020
Allen says his team hasn't finished the last two times it's been to East Lansing.— PaulGable (@PaulEGable) November 9, 2020
"We have to get better. Balancing is of making sure you are consistent. You create change by the things you do every single day."
Allen says #iufb expected to be in this position, but adds earmuffs and blinders.— PaulGable (@PaulEGable) November 9, 2020
"Focus on the task at hand."
Allen tells media a top 10 ranking is the product of other things.— PaulGable (@PaulEGable) November 9, 2020
"We didn't set out for it. Great tool in recruiting, shows we can do what we talked about. Doesn't really help us on game day."
Says focus has been on what team can do to be better.