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Indiana, Army football battling to maintain relevance

After Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass fired basketball coach Tom Crean March 16 this year, it took him nine days to hire his replacement, Archie Miller. It seemed like a long time as I constantly checked Twitter for updates and exchanged numerous emails with my "contacts" back in the Hoosier state. You knew that Glass had done his due diligence, because Miller was a top tier candidate with a proven track record.

When the news of IU football coach Kevin Wilson resigning hit on Dec. 1 of last year, it was accompanied by the news that Glass had already appointed defensive coordinator Tom Allen as the permanent replacement, complete with a six-year contract. That hire seemed rushed since Allen had only coached at the Division 1 level since 2011 and people like Charlie Strong and P. J. Fleck were still on the market. Why not at least kick the tires on some already proven models?

Indiana is not a football power.  The glory days of the program were from the mid-'…

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