Nov. 23, 2014
VIDEO: Kyle Moats addresses football coaching situation
VIDEO: Terry Allen comments following University announcement
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State University announced today that head football coach Terry Allen's contract will not be renewed. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Kyle Moats during an afternoon news conference at JQH Arena.
Allen, who has been the Bears' head coach since 2006, compiled a 37-64 record in his nine seasons in Springfield. His current contract is set to expire at the end of January.
"We thoroughly evaluate our programs after each season and keep an eye on various factors throughout the year," said Moats. "After reviewing our football program, I consulted President (Clif) Smart and made my recommendation to make a change after this season. He supported that recommendation, which is obviously never an easy one to make.
"From a personal standpoint, Terry has represented our program well during his tenure and has been a vital part of our campus community. We wish nothing but the best for Terry and his family."
Moats said the University would move expeditiously to hire a new coach. A committee comprised of Ryan DeBoef, Casey Hunt, Tom Strong, Fred Harle and Jim Hutter will be charged with pairing down the field of potential candidates for Smart and Moats to interview.
"I'd like to thank Terry for his commitment to Missouri State over the last nine years," said Smart. "His service on campus and in our community made a significant impact."
Allen was announced as Missouri State's 19th head football coach on Dec. 20, 2005. He mentored 56 all-conference players and 34 academic all-conference players in his first eight years and defeated eight FCS top 25 teams in his tenure. The Bears produced winning seasons in 2007 and 2009 under Allen, both 6-5 campaigns, and tied for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2013 and third in 2010. His 37 victories ranks fifth in Missouri State history, and his nine-year coaching stint matches the program's third-longest.
Moats also noted that the contracts of Allen's assistant coaches and staff will expire at the end of December.