Wishing the best for Terry Allen
Although Terry Allen lost 33 of 53 games as Kansas University's football coach from 1997-2001, I doubt there are many Jayhawk fans who still feel much ill-will toward him.At least they don't despise him and see him as an evil person, the way so many of the Jayhawk nation unfairly do former basketball coach Roy Williams.I certainly don't, which is why I was thrilled to see the former KU boss introduced as the new head football coach at Missouri State, formerly Southwest Missouri State, on Tuesday afternoon.Allen wasn't the right guy to revive the Kansas football program after Glen Mason jumped ship after the 1996 season. That much was evident by his record, KU's lack of competitiveness in league games and they token devastating non-conference loss early in the season almost every year.But, none of those things make Allen a bad guy. As a reporter, he always was fair to me. He treated my fellow reporters kindly as well. The same went with fans and community members. His greatest flaw was trying to please everyone. The Division I-AA whiz kid at Northern Iowa lacked the cutthroat attitude need to lead a Division I-A football team in a major conference such as the Big 12.So here Allen is, returning to his I-AA roots. He's going back to the level of football he once dominated. Missouri State is in the same Gateway Conference where Allen's Northern Iowa squads went 75-26 and made seven playoff appearances.It's the right place for him. It's definitely a good fit. It's a level of football that he understands and is confident he can excel at. He knows the caliber of players he needs to recruit - and can land - at that level to be successful. It also is in a town - Springfield, Mo. - where the spotlight won't be quite as bright and the scrutiny won't be nearly as harsh. At Missouri State, he can keep his upbeat personality and friendly nature and be successful at the same time.Missouri State is a great fit for Terry Allen. I wish nothing but the best for him, and I hope all Kansas fans feel the same way.