USF loses DC to Indiana, stays in-house for replacement

The South Florida Bulls had one of the best defenses in the country during the 2015 season and it helped them have a magical season, going 8-5 and getting to the Miami Beach Bowl. They will be losing one of their biggest pieces of the defense, but it didn’t take them long to find a replacement.

The Bulls announced on Saturday that defensive coordinator Tom Allen would be leaving the team to take the same position with the Indiana Hoosiers. This comes at the same time the Hoosiers announced defensive coordinator Brian Knorr would not return in 2016.

“I did not know Tom personally, but was aware of his background and reached out to him when we decided to make a change,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said in a release. “We made an immediate connection. Tom will bring a ton of energy and strong leadership, and our kids will play hard. This is a positive addition as we continue to take to our program to the next level.”

The Bulls knew they would have to replace Allen, who led the defense to their top-ranking in the AAC. They did so by promoting Raymond Woodie, who has served as assistant head coach, linebackers coach, and special teams coach the last three seasons.

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