Indiana just produced one of the program’s best seasons in 25 years, but that’s not good enough for Tom Allen. The IU head coach, who just completed his third year with the Hoosiers, has bigger aspirations.
Allen wants to win a B1G title.
Winning a conference championship is often times the goal of every major college football coach — and you could probably throw national title in there, as well. It’s not an uncommon expectation, regardless of location. But it’s an especially lofty goal at Indiana, which has won just two B1G titles in program history.
Those two championships came in 1945 and 1967.
“To me, the vision is to win the B1G. I’ve said that from day one,” Allen said in an interview with CBS Sports. “We play in a great conference, it’s a tough, tough division, but at the end of the day, I want a team that believes that.”
Indiana has already produced a memorable season under Allen. Last fall, the Hoosiers finished the season with an 8-5 record, winning eight games for the first time in 25 years. IU also appeared in the Gator Bowl and was ranked for the first time since 1994, snapping the longest drought in major college football.
Accomplishing those tasks is a sign that the program is heading in the right direction.
But, at the end of the day, winning eight games and just playing in a bowl game isn’t enough for Allen. As happy as he was to produce such a great season in Bloomington, the message is clear that there’s still more work to be done.