Tom Allen made a passionate plea in a release after he was fired by Indiana, calling on the school to fully embrace the new era of college football.
Allen also thanked everyone involved with the program during his seven-year run.
Here’s Allen’s full statement, along with a sampling of what some of his former players said about him on social media.
“It has been my greatest professional honor to serve as Indiana’s head football coach for the past seven years. Representing this University and this State has meant more to me than you can imagine,” Allen said.
“Our entire journey here has been based on a simple concept – Love. Each. Other. It’s what we’ve done, it’s what we’ll always do. I continue to believe it’s a recipe to change the world.
“There have been so many incredible memories and relationships formed. I’ll always be grateful for the players, coaches and staff who believed in our vision and gave their heart and soul for this program.
“College football has changed dramatically over the past several years. Some of those changes have been a shock to the conscience of those who support IU football. The time has come to fully embrace those changes and I pray that IU does just that.
“To each and every player who put on the Crimson and Cream over the past 7 seasons, I love you, thank you and God bless. #LEO”
This man has been there for me and my teammates for whatever we needed football related or not. The most passionate person I’ve grown to know who gave us his all. Will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me. #LEO https://t.co/JToOv5sdXp
— Aaron Casey (@A_casey2) November 26, 2023
I’m thankful to be apart of Coach Allen’s best years at IU. & Even more appreciative for being given the opportunity to come help change a rebuilding program. A true positive role model for any man and even better leader. Exited to see what the future holds for you Much love TA
— Stevie Scott III (@Steviescott8_) November 26, 2023
My guy @CoachAllenIU
Appreciate you for not only being a great coach but for caring about us as young men! know matter the situations I know you will always have a positive outlook and get through it with God leading! Love and appreciate you! Blessings along your journey pic.twitter.com/KpO5PMGyVy
— Tegray Scales🙏🏾 (@Tegray_Scales8) November 27, 2023
— 6️⃣™️ (@NicolasToomer) November 26, 2023
One of the most passionate and caring coaches I’ve ever encountered. He put his all into his work and everybody could see it. Forever grateful for him and the opportunity he provided for me #LEO https://t.co/9CM9UWCEZV
— 𝟸𝟺 (@BrysonBonds_) November 26, 2023
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