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IU football head coach Tom Allen named Big Ten Coach of the Year

<p>Head coach Tom Allen points into the air Nov. 14 in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. Despite having the most wins of any school in the Big Ten East, IU will not be playing for a conference championship.</p>

Head coach Tom Allen points into the air Nov. 14 in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. Despite having the most wins of any school in the Big Ten East, IU will not be playing for a conference championship.

The Big Ten announced Thursday IU head coach Tom Allen was named the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year and Dave McClain Coach of the Year as voted by coaches and the media. Allen joins Bill Mallory as the only head coach in program history to earn Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. 

This season, IU has been ranked for eight consecutive weeks and is currently No. 7 in the country with a 6-1 record. It is the team’s best ranking since 1967. 

IU defeated Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin in the same season for the first time in program history. The team’s six conference wins also tied the school record set in 1967 and 1987. 

Allen, who was named the American Football Coaches Association Region 3 Coach of the Year, is also a candidate for the Dodd Trophy and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for National Coach of the Year honors.

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