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.

Comments

Eric Beightel 13 years, 9 months ago

Right or wrong, I held some substantial ill-will towards TA. First, his handling of the sexual assault case involving several football players and women's soccer players outside the Yacht Club was reprehensible. It was a perfect illustration of how he had no control over his players and that he had recruited some less than desirable characters. Those players not couldn't play football at this level, but they were poor citizens which tarnished the football program's image further.

Second, the season after TA had been fired, he came as an assistant coach on Dan McCarney's Iowa State staff and laid an ass whipping on KU. After the game, he accepted a game-ball from the ISU players. That really bothered me. He helped guide a team with structure and direction to a victory over a team that was floundering with the extremely poor talent that he had recruited. Congratulations TA, you just beat a bunch of guys who didn't deserve D1 scholarships that you recruited. Here's a game ball!

TA was not cut out for KU and I have many angry memories of his tenure here. I wish him well at MSU, and that's the last I ever want to think about him.

cwrist 13 years, 9 months ago

Agreed about Terry's mishandling of the sexual assault situation at the Yacht Club. In fact, I blasted him pretty hard in a column in the Kansan for it after it happened. In all likelihood, it may be the most boneheaded decision he ever made besides bringing Mario Kinsey to Lawrence. Still, I don't think that makes him a bad person. I honestly think he was trying to protect the kids involved and try to shape them up (no stair-running pun intended) without them getting a criminal record. It was a mistake, but I think it was made with good intentions. That said, Terry was in over his head at Kansas the moment he stepped foot in Lawrence. If he'd had some real D-I experience under his belt, things might have been different. That's where Mangino brought a much better understanding of how to fix Kansas. He'd seen it done at K-State and Oklahoma.

DavidRose 13 years, 9 months ago

Terry'll have the next Kurt Warner baggin' groceries in no time!!

mwfields 13 years, 9 months ago

Terry gave D-1 coaching a try. It didn't work for him. I remember reading his face while at a press conference. The eyes are the window to the soul. The look in his eyes reminds of the late VP candidate James Stockdale when at the VP debate he said "Who am I? Why am I here?"
That's what I got from Terry. Just my opinion.

cwrist 13 years, 9 months ago

hahaha, fields, that may be the most accurate description I've ever heard. The Stockdale reference is classic. Brings back memories of SNL sketches with Phil Hartman. Classic stuff!

Jclarkson 13 years, 9 months ago

Didn't you cover Allens Firing/dismissal/resigning with the Kansan back in 2001? I recall you being apart of the Kansan staff back in my 2001 days.......seems so long ago.

cwrist 13 years, 9 months ago

That was one of the strangest things I've ever been around. Ranks up there with Roygate I, Roygate II, Mangino's introduction as coach when he rightfully threw down on Whitlock, and the infamous "crush me like a dove" fiasco. We've seen some strange things at KU in the last decade.

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