Head IU football coach Kevin Wilson resigns, Tom Allen to take over

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Kevin Wilson is out as Indiana University’s head football coach, confirmed Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass.

During the press conference held Thursday night, Glass said Wilson resigned. Earlier reports indicated Wilson was dismissed by officials.

Glass cited "philosophical differences" between he and the head coach, saying he did not agree with Wilson's leadership approach.

"What might be okay at other places and what might be okay in an industry, isn't necessarily okay here." Glass told the media Thursday evening.

"In my view, the core of what we were talking about was leadership and how you approach being a leader. Kevin and I have some honest disagreements about how you go about that."

Glass also announced Tom Allen would take over as permanent head coach. Allen was recruited by Wilson to be the team's head coach of defense in Jan. 2016.

"I never expected this to happen, said Allen during Thursday's conference.

"I wish Kevin Wilson nothing but the best."

Allen went on to explain that his vision for the program is taking them to the next level, something Indiana has been yearning for, for many seasons.

"My goal for this program is to break through in 2017. I joked about it at my last press conference, I'm tired of getting text messages from my buddies telling me how hard we played, how close we are. It's time to break through."

The news comes as a surprise to many Hoosier fans, as Wilson led IU to back-to-back bowl eligible seasons. This is the first time the IU program has qualified for bowl games in consecutive seasons since 1990 and 1991.

The Hoosiers finished the season with a win over rival Purdue last week in Bloomington. IU is 6-6 on the season and will learn their bowl bid Sunday.

Wilson took over the football program in 2011 after serving as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.

Last year, Wilson signed a six-year extension worth $15.3 million.

Glass cited "philosophical differences" as the reason for Wilson's departure.