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Big Ten voters made the easiest call ever with the coach of the year award

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Tom Allen — he’s it, baby!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Indiana at Michigan State Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the first time in 33 years, the Big Ten’s best football coach can be found in Bloomington.

Tom Allen was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by league coaches and media members on Thursday, becoming only the second sideline boss in program history to receive the award. Bill Mallory was similarly honored by the conference in 1986 and 1987.

It’s been a good stinkin’ run for Allen and his group this year, as we all know. And while conference luminaries are saluting him for the Hoosiers’ on-field achievements, Allen has provided a long list of memorable moments off the field, too.

There was:

The stage dive that followed The Reach

The bloody cheek

The heartfelt embrace with his son, Thomas

The inspiring comments made before the trip to Columbus

The postgame mob in Madison

All of it adds up to what has to be one of the easiest calls in the history of Big Ten postseason voting.