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Report: Wommack to be next head coach at South Alabama

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Tom Allen is in the market for a new defensive coordinator

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(Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the evolving story.)

A-ha! The mark of a successful football program — Indiana is looking for a new defensive coordinator.

After directing Indiana’s defense to one of the best seasons in program history, Kane Wommack is the favorite for the South Alabama head coaching job, AL.com reports. An official announcement could come before the end of the weekend.

Seeing Wommack take a spin on the coaching carousel wasn’t an unexpected development, given the work he’s done to make IU’s defense one the nation’s best. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in interceptions (17), takeaways (20) and sacks (3.3), and since Wommack began running the defense in 2019, Indiana has held six opponents, including four Big Ten teams, to less than seven points.

Although Wommack’s departure will no doubt be a loss for Indiana’s program — we’ll see if he sticks around to call the defense in the bowl game — it is another sign that IU head coach Tom Allen is hiring the right people. Should Wommack leave, it would mark the second consecutive year that one of his assistants has left for a head job after former offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer left to take over Fresno State in January. It might be cold comfort, but as much as it hurts to see Wommack leave, IU can sell an attractive position here.

And at this point, Allen probably deserves the benefit of the doubt that he could make a good hire. This latest news is further evidence that he’s already made a few.