Indiana football coach Tom Allen earns big raise

Oct 31, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen claps during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana is rewarding football coach Tom Allen with a raise, bringing his annual average compensation to $4.9 million through the 2027 season.

A year also was added to Allen’s existing contract because the Hoosiers qualified for a postseason bowl in 2020, finished 6-2 and reached as high as No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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ESPN reported that Allen’s previous contract paid him $3.9 million annually, with the new money coming from outside marketing and promotions.

“Tom Allen has proven himself to be not only the right person for our student-athletes and our program, but one of the best football coaches in the country,” Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson said in a university statement issued Monday. “The enthusiasm and outlook for our program is at an all-time high, and the future of Indiana Football is in great hands. I look forward to Tom leading our program for many years to come.”

Allen, who turns 51 next week, was named the American Football Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year as well as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after the 2020 season.

In four seasons with the Hoosiers, Allen’s record is 24-22, but Indiana leadership sees a program on the rise. In 2019, the Hoosiers were 8-5 and had their first winning Big Ten season in 26 years.

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He led Indiana to the 2020 Gator Bowl and the 2021 Outback Bowl — both losses. It was the first time in program history, however, that Indiana has played in January bowl games in consecutive seasons.

The Hoosiers finished the 2020 season ranked No. 12 in the final AP poll for their highest season-ending ranking since 1967.

–Field Level Media