[UPDATE]: The Indiana Hoosiers have tabbed defensive coordinator Tom Allen as the school’s permanent head football coach, according to Thursday’s press conference.
According to a Thursday afternoon report from Gregg Doyel and Zach Osterman of the Indy Star, the Indiana Hoosiers plan on dismissing head football coach Kevin Wilson. While the reasoning behind such a decision remains a mystery, the school is slated to hold a press conference regarding the aforementioned coaching change at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.
It is also worth noting that Indiana finished the 2016 season with an even 6-6 record, rendering them bowl eligible. However, it remains to be seen as to what action is taken by the school in terms of a head football coach prior to the Hoosiers eventually making their bowl appearance.
Wilson has spent the last six seasons at the helm for the Hoosiers. He originally arrived back in 2011 after serving as the Oklahoma Sooners’ offensive coordinator. While also serving as Oklahoma’s tight ends, fullbacks and offensive line coach, Wilson then strung together a 27-46 overall record upon heading to Indiana.
A former Broyles Award winner from 2008, he has led the Hoosiers to just one bowl game outside of the 2016 campaign. Losing in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils, Indiana will now be making back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since all the way back in 1990 and 1991.
Because of Indiana’s recent success, the question as to why exactly Wilson is out of a job remains to be answered. Perhaps the Hoosiers have another announcement to make with a new leader on their way into Bloomington while nothing has pointed toward that option at this time.
While finishing at 6-6 on an annual basis is not something that most schools strive for, Indiana does play in the always competitive Big Ten Conference while the school’s primary focus is typically men’s basketball.