Indiana athletic director Fred Glass knew what he was going to say to Kevin Wilson when the two met for a scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The initial direction of his 10 a.m. meeting with Tom Allen was much more open-ended.
On both ends, Glass got the closure he was looking for.
Citing philosophical differences, Glass announced Thursday evening that Wilson agreed to resign as Indiana’s head football coach. He’ll be replaced by Allen, an Indiana native who just completed his first regular season as IU’s defensive coordinator. Allen will assume his new role immediately.
Glass, who hired Wilson in December 2010 and agreed to a six-year, $15.3 million extension this past January, signaled there was no “smoking gun” or single event that led to Wilson’s departure, nor was it based on the team’s performance. Rather, the IU athletic director said leadership issues he felt Wilson had corrected in the past were “bubbling up” again in early November.
The Indianapolis law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP was hired to investigate the program. Glass declined to reveal the findings of their inquiry.
“As things tend to happen sometimes, this thing ran its course,” Glass said.
Wilson, who guided Indiana to back-to-back bowl appearances, will leave Indiana with a 26-47 overall record.
In conjunction with the separation, Wilson has agreed to accept a base salary of $542,000 over the course of one year. Glass said NCAA compliance issues were not an issue that led to Wilson’s departure.
Allen will receive a new six-year contract, the terms of which have not yet been finalized.
It will be the first college head coaching job for Allen, who guided IU’s defense to a remarkable turnaround in 2016. The Hoosiers improved in every major statistical category, allowing 136.9 fewer yards per game than they did last season and 93.6 fewer passing yards per game than in 2015.
Allen, a New Castle native and former Ben Davis High School coach, was a nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coach.
“As disappointing and challenging and as sad as the separation is, I’m elated and thrilled and optimistic of the future under coach Allen,” Glass said.
Given the stability of a multi-year deal, Allen’s approach now focuses on preparing the Hoosiers for their upcoming bowl trip — the specifics of which will be announced Sunday — and keeping Indiana’s current recruiting class and other targets interested in a future in Bloomington.
“I come before you humbly, blessed and extremely excited, although with mixed emotions about this opportunity,” Allen said. “… It’s time to break through.”
This story will be updated.