Hoosiers hire veteran assistant as offensive coordinator
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have hired longtime play-caller Kalen DeBoer as their associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
Coach Tom Allen made the announcement Monday. DeBoer replaces Mike DeBord, who retired in late December.
DeBoer spent the last two seasons as Fresno State's offensive coordinator after serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Michigan from 2014-2016.
Indiana offensive coordinator retires after 37-year career
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Hoosiers offensive coordinator and associate head coach Mike DeBord is retiring after a 37-year coaching career.
The decision, announced Sunday, comes more than a month after the Hoosiers finished one win short of becoming bowl eligible for the second straight year.
DeBord is best known for his work as Michigan's offensive coordinator, where he won a national championship and helped mentor a young Tom Brady.
Hoosiers add 19 players during early football period
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers signed 19 football players to national letters-of-intent Wednesday.
Running back Sampson James of Avon High School, near Indianapolis, is considered the top recruit. He joins a group that includes highly-touted defensive back Tiawan Mullen, linebacker Cameron Williams and defensive lineman Beau Robbins, who played at Carmel High School in suburban Indy.
Purdue, Indiana put postseason hopes on line in Bucket game
Tom Allen and Jeff Brohm understand the short-term stakes of Saturday's Old Oaken Bucket game..
The winner plays another game this season while the loser starts offseason work — just like last year. Just like it seems every year.
"It's looking like every year, it's always going to come down to this game, unless someone is having an outstanding year," Brohm said Monday. "I know both teams are trying to get to that level."
Indiana, Purdue seek finishing touch with bowl bid on line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All season, Indiana coach Tom Allen told his players they needed to find a finishing touch.
He pointed to the handful of close calls in 2017, each a potential win that could have made the Hoosiers bowl-eligible. Instead, their offseason began shortly after Thanksgiving and now the Hoosiers find themselves facing the exact same predicament as last year: Beat Purdue on Saturday or the season is over early — again.
Indiana, Purdue keep focus on football during home stretch
Indiana coach Tom Allen understands the challenges his team faces this weekend.
No. 4 Michigan is the Big Ten's highest-ranked team and the one most likely to carry the conference banner into the College Football Playoff if anyone does. The Wolverines have won nine straight since losing to No. 3 Notre Dame and need another win to set up a showdown with No. 9 Ohio State for a ticket to the Big Ten championship game.
Hoosiers keep bowl hopes intact by beating Maryland 34-32
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen changed tactics this week.
Instead of focusing on one game, he took the big-picture approach and his players responded.
Stevie Scott's late, long run set up Logan Justus for a 42-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:32 to play and Nile Sykes recovered a fumble in the final minute to preserve Indiana's 34-32 come-from-behind to keep Indiana in the postseason discussion.
Bowl hopes for Maryland, Indiana could rest on next game
The glaring numbers put everything in perspective this weekend.
Indiana coach Tom Allen and Maryland interim coach Matt Canada know their teams desperately need momentum heading into the season's final month and understand how crucial the outcome of Saturday's game could be.
The winner could be bowl-bound. The loser may be relegated to a longer-than-expected offseason and both coaches know it, even if they choose to downplay the significance of how everything adds up in this game.
Indiana loses backup quarterback with torn ligament in knee
Indiana's path to the postseason just got a lot more difficult.
After losing three straight and falling to .500, the Hoosiers are about to hit the road on a short week against a hungry team still seeking its first conference win. And now, they'll make the trip without their No. 2 quarterback.
Hoosiers issue challenge to rebound after 2 straight losses
Wes Martin and Jacob Robinson beat Indiana coach Tom Allen to the speech Monday.
After contemplating a second straight loss for roughly 36 hours, the two seniors wanted to make this weekend's challenge perfectly clear to their teammates.
So Allen quickly stepped aside, let Martin and Robinson take center stage and listened to them utter the words he was prepared to use.
Allen still impressed with Indiana’s improving defense
Indiana coach Tom Allen could have been upset after watching his defense allow 49 points last weekend at No. 3 Ohio State.
Instead, Allen saw encouraging signs on tape.
The Hoosiers forced three turnovers, consistently pressured quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and slowed down the Buckeyes' vaunted ground game — a solid performance from a young, improving group of players who have often been overshadowed by the Hoosiers' usually high-scoring offense in previous seasons.
Hoosiers hoping to cash in on next chance to make statement
Tom Allen expected the Indiana Hoosiers to take advantage of a prime opportunity two weeks ago against Michigan State.
They'll get a second chance at No. 3 Ohio State this weekend.
And, as usual, the second-year coach expects his Hoosiers to be prepared and competitive.
"They've got to be more consistent. To me they did some good things in the first half, but it's got to continue," Allen said Monday when asked about Indiana's offensive line. "We play for 60 minutes."
After disappointing performance, Hoosiers try to turn page
Indiana coach Tom Allen spent the weekend dissecting game tape.
It didn't take long to find the defensive misalignment that led to a 75-yard touchdown run, problems in the ground game or even the failure to stop a fake field goal when the coaches made a call that could have stopped the play.
Then Allen tried to move on from Saturday's 35-21 loss to Michigan State and focus on the task at hand — getting ready to visit Rutgers.
Indiana ready for next big test against No. 24 Michigan St.
Michigan State looks exactly the same to Indiana coach Tom Allen.
The offense is big, strong and fast. The defense is tough and stout. And yes, the 24th-ranked Spartans again appear to be a legitimate Big Ten contender.
To Allen, that makes Saturday's Big Ten opener a perfect test as the Hoosiers try to show they are back on track.
Back from 3 knee tears, Harris returns strong for Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Three times in college, J-Shun Harris has torn up his knee.
Each time, the Indiana Hoosiers' punt returner has returned stronger.
Yes, the fifth-year senior continues to defy the odds, this time with an inspirational, early-season example for teammates and coaches alike.
Hoosiers hoping complete game is in cards against Ball State
Tom Allen watched Indiana's offense shine in the season opener.
He saw the Hoosiers' defense deliver late last week.
Now the second-year coach hopes his team can put both together Saturday when Ball State comes to town.
"We're still making mistakes on defense, but we played much better than we did in Week 1 in the area of execution," Allen said. "Still not where we want to be, but the effort was awesome and I make such a big deal about that because that's the one thing those guys control."
Hoosiers deliver finishing touch after season of close calls
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Tom Allen grew weary of all those close calls last season, so he challenged his team to find a finishing touch.
On Saturday, Allen witnessed the payoff when the Hoosiers overcame a scoreless second half, heavy rain and a late pass interference penalty to hang on for a 20-16 victory over Virginia that could prove crucial to their bowl hopes.
Great Scott: Freshman helps Hoosiers get past Virginia
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Stevie Scott needed one month of preseason camp, two games, one suspension and a season-ending injury to prove he could be Indiana's workhorse back.
He looks like a natural.
The true freshman ran 31 times for 204 yards and one touchdown and flirted with a 32-year-old school record on a soggy Saturday night, helping the Hoosiers hang on for a 20-16 victory over Virginia.
Cavaliers hoping tough lessons helps turn tables on Hoosiers
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall sees the growth all over Indiana's football program.
He detects a more defined identity. He senses more confidence, and he can tell there's more continuity on the Hoosiers' offense and defense this season.
Mendenhall doesn't need a game tape to explain what's changed — he knows it's a natural progression in Tom Allen's second full season as coach.
Gest’s season-ending injury thins Indiana’s depth at RB
Indiana coach Tom Allen spent the whole offseason stressing the need to create more turnovers.
He witnessed the payoff in Saturday's season opener.
After forcing three turnovers in the first half including an interception return for a touchdown, it seems that the Hoosiers understood the message — even if they didn't play the perfect game.
Dawkins says he gave up football because of mental health
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former Indiana and Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins says he gave up football because he needed to deal with his "deteriorating" mental health.
Dawkins told Hoosiers coach Tom Allen on Sunday he was leaving the program after enrolling in school this summer as a graduate transfer from Arizona. He lost the starting job to Peyton Ramsey.
Dawkins had not provided a public explanation until writing a post Wednesday night on Instagram.
Late changes forcing Hoosiers to adapt with backup plans
Indiana coach Tom Allen just keeps adapting on the fly.
When he announced top rusher Morgan Ellison was suspended indefinitely last week, Allen installed a ready-made backup plan. When Allen announced Monday that second-string quarterback Brandon Dawkins left the program after failing to beat out Peyton Ramsey for the starting job, Allen simply asked last year's state Mr. Football Award winner, Reese Taylor, to move back to his old spot.
Indiana suspends top RB Morgan Ellison, LB Burnam
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Peyton Ramsey will be the starting quarterback for Indiana in the Sept. 1 opener at Florida International, but he won't have sophomore Morgan Ellison to hand the ball off to.
The Hoosiers announced Friday that Ellison has been suspended indefinitely and that linebacker Mo Burnam is suspended for the opener.
Hoosiers hope to use disappointments as fuel for turnaround
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Tom Allen relied on a single word to motivate his team this offseason.
He believes an inability to do so is why the Hoosiers blew fourth-quarter leads against Michigan State and Maryland last fall, why they failed to capture a milestone overtime win against Michigan in October and wound up falling flat at Purdue in November. Those four losses sealed Indiana's postseason fate in 2017 — and Allen doesn't expect to see a repeat this fall.
Ramsey, 2 newcomers battle for Hoosiers’ starting QB job
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers are dealing with yet another quarterback competition.
Sophomore Peyton Ramsey knows the offense better than anyone else in the mix after making four starts last season. Brandon Dawkins, a graduate transfer from Arizona, has the most college experience. And true freshman Michael Penix Jr. enrolled in January so he could get a jump on the competition.
Eyes on IU’s most intriguing: 7 players who impressed Allen this spring
In the moments after Indiana's season-ending defeat last November at Purdue, Tom Allen was still processing the abrupt ending to his team's supposed breakthrough campaign.
Since the beginning of January, Morgan Ellison has dropped six percent of his body fat.
That’s a physical change the rising sophomore running back can feel — and one that the rest of Indiana’s football program can see.
Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player, brought his blend of sports and Christian fellowship to an appreciative crowd at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.
Hoosiers add Georgia Tech linebacker in transfer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Linebacker T.J. Roof is transferring from Georgia Tech to Indiana.
He will be eligible for spring practice but must sit out next season because of the NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns in 2019.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Roof played in 11 games as a freshman in 2017, finishing with 17 tackles and two sacks.
Tom Allen tapped into his coaching past to hire his latest assistant.
IU announced Monday that Kane Wommack will join the Hoosiers' staff as a linebackers coach after a new NCAA rule went into effect this week, creating an extra on-field coaching position for teams across the country.
Hoosiers add Kane Wommack as new linebackers coach
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana has hired Kane Wommack to coach the linebackers next season.
He spent the past two seasons as South Alabama's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Wommack also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss when Hoosiers coach Tom Allen was in charge of the linebackers.
Allen calls Wommack one of the "bright, young" coaches in the profession and says last year's linebackers coach, William Inge, will now focus on special teams duties next season.
Indiana adds graduate transfer from Miami to offensive line
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Offensive lineman Nick Linder has decided to play his final college season with the Indiana Hoosiers.
Hoosiers coach Tom Allen made the announcement Monday.
The 6-foot, 300-pound graduate transfer started 26 games with the Miami Hurricanes — 22 at center including the first nine in 2016 before he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. He will be eligible to play this fall.
Don't confuse Tom Allen for a Purdue supporter.
But the Indiana football coach was satisfied to see the Boilermakers pull off a road victory at Iowa last weekend, setting the stakes for a can't-miss edition of this year's Old Oaken Bucket showdown.
Surging Hoosiers looking for final chapter on comeback trail
Tom Allen's words remain the same late in the season.
He is still talking about breakthrough wins, top 25-level defense and goals that Indiana can achieve. There's a bowl bid and a possible school record on the line this weekend at Purdue, and the timing of this year's Old Oaken Bucket game couldn't be much better.
The suddenly surging Hoosiers are brimming with confidence and are eager to close out the regular season on a rare three-game winning streak.
Throughout an otherwise disappointing offensive season for Indiana, there has been one positive, constant presence for the Hoosiers.
Simmie Cobbs hasn’t let IU down.
“He’s kind of been that rock there that you can count on,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said.
Richard Lagow remains Indiana’s starting quarterback
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Senior Richard Lagow remains in charge of Indiana's offense, perhaps for the rest of the season.
"Richard is the starter," coach Tom Allen said Monday. "That's not going to change."
Lagow leads Indiana to first Big Ten win of season, 24-14
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Heading into Saturday's game, Indiana was 0-6 in the Big Ten. Losing that many conference games makes it hard to find something to play for late in the season, but the Hoosiers didn't have to look far.
Indiana's 24-14 victory over Illinois secured their first conference win of the year and kept their bowl-game aspirations alive. But it was also the first Big Ten victory for head coach Tom Allen.
Hoosiers chasing bowl bid with no margin of error
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Coach Tom Allen looks around Indiana's meeting room and sees a team capable of making the postseason.
At least the Hoosiers still have a chance.
Despite their six-game Big Ten losing streak, an expanding injury list and their seemingly long odds, all the Hoosiers need to do to qualify for their third straight bowl game is win their final three games.
When Tom Allen refers to Indiana's season-long breakthrough mantra, he's speaking about a mindset.
The Indiana coach points toward a hopeful culture change, a season where this Hoosier football program consistently delivers.
Through two months of action, IU is failing in that mission.
1. Richard Lagow or Peyton Ramsey?
Indiana gets ready to grind it out against No. 4 Wisconsin
Indiana already knows what to expect Saturday.
No. 4 Wisconsin will play the heavy as it tries to keep its perfect season intact. So the Hoosiers must find some solid counterpunches to avoid getting knocked around, knocked down and knocked out.
"They have a stable of running backs," Indiana coach Tom Allen said. "They keep rotating them in and pound you, pound you, pound you, pound you, and try to beat you into submission in the course of a game."
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The image on the cover of the 2017 Indiana football media guide is a powerful one: an unidentified person in a Hoosiers jersey, squeezing the air out of a football with an IU logo on it.
For the third consecutive year, an ACL injury has ended J-Shun Harris' season.
Harris, Indiana's dynamic punt returner and slot receiver, suffered a knee injury during Saturday's loss at Maryland and will not return this season.
Good health elusive for banged-up Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Injuries mount. Sympathy doesn't. Indiana coach Tom Allen understands that.
"Injuries are part of it," he said. "Other guys have to step up."
The Hoosiers (3-5) host No. 4 Wisconsin (8-0) on Saturday with a three-game losing streak and a depleted roster that will be missing at least five starters — defensive backs Marcelino Ball and A'Shon Riggins, receiver Donavan Hall, running back Morgan Ellison and Big Ten punt return leader J-Shun Harris.
When the Hoosiers reconvened for practice on Tuesday morning, Tom Allen liked what he saw.
Walking into the IU football team room, the first-year coach sensed a bubbling energy despite his team’s latest setback — another narrow defeat to a ranked conference opponent only three days earlier.
Indiana, Maryland meet Saturday while in rebuilding mode
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Rebuilding a college football program is usually a slow and difficult task, especially in the Big Ten.
DJ Durkin and Tom Allen know this too well.
Durkin is in his second year as Maryland's head coach, and Allen is laboring through his first full season at Indiana. Both have seen their teams bullied by the conference elite, yet each remains steadfast in their belief that better times lie ahead.