Allen named a finalist for Munger Coach of the Year Award

Indiana’s Tom Allen is a finalist for another national coach of the year award.

The Maxwell Football Club announced Allen as one of six finalists for the George Munger Award, along with Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell, Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Liberty’s Hugh Freeze, and Alabama’s Nick Saban.

The winner of the Munger Award will be announced Jan. 19. Allen was also previously named a finalist for the Football Writers Association of America’s Eddie Robinson Award, as well as the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award. Allen was also a finalist for the Dodd Trophy, which went to Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald.

Allen has already won the Big Ten’s coach of the year honors, both from the media and his fellow coaches.

IU (6-2) had many notable achievements in 2020, making consecutive January bowls for the first time in school history. The Hoosiers were ranked for a program-record nine weeks in a row, including its first top-10 ranking since 1969.

During a conference-only season, IU beat Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the same year for the first time in program history. IU’s three wins over top-25 programs were tied for second-most in the country, behind only Alabama’s four.


  1. Pat Fitzgerald? Obviously the Dodd Trophy voters didn’t take the 2019 season into consideration.

  2. A lot of times, they look at the body of work over a few years. Fitz is a good coach, but his team was terrible in 2019. Maybe comeback coach of the year would have been more appropriate.

    1. No they don’t. It’s the “Coach of the Year” award, not the “Coach of Last Year” award.

  3. Not saying I’d vote for Fitzgerald, but producing a sparkling season after a stinky one the year before certainly has its rationale. Of course, producing a sparkling season after a stinky couple of decades also has its charms. Vote for TA!

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