Indiana coaching candidates: Another Big Ten job is open. Can a new coach help the Hoosiers break through?
In firing Tom Allen, Indiana is spending like a football power. What will it take to become one?
Indiana fired Tom Allen on Sunday, ending a seven-year tenure that finished with a 4-8 record this fall. Allen and Kevin Wilson before him had their peaks with the Hoosiers, but this is a tough job in a Big Ten that is only getting tougher. With the Hoosiers settling with Allen for two separate payments of $7.75 million, the administration is signaling that it has big plans for this program.
Who are some of the potential candidates? Glad you asked.
Jason Candle, Toledo. Candle is going for his second straight MAC title this Saturday, as his Rockets are on an 11-game winning streak and on the brink of completing the best MAC season since Western Michigan made the Cotton Bowl in 2016. Candle impressed Purdue brass when the Boilermakers’ job was open last offseason, and he comes from the heralded Mount Union coaching tree. He is 65-33 across eight seasons at Toledo, winning the MAC twice.