USF Hires Tom Allen as Defensive Coordinator

A week removed from firing three assistant coaches, USF hired their first replacement as Ole Miss LB Coach Tom Allen will arrive in Tampa as the Bulls' new defensive coordinator.

Just one week after letting go of defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, USF filled the vacant opening Monday morning, hiring Ole Miss Linebackers coach Tom Allen. Helping architect the Rebels’ vaunted “Landshark” defense and having direct ties to the Tampa Bay area, the Bulls certainly looked to bring in a coach who could make an immediate, swift impact on the defensive side of the football.

Coaching under head coach Hugh Freeze and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, Allen has assisted in forming one of the staunchest defensive units in not only the SEC, but the entire nation since 2012. The Rebels finished the 2014 season leading the nation in scoring defense, only allowing 13.8 points per game. Dominant players such as Cody Prewitt, Senquez Golson, and Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche have contributed to Ole Miss ranking 12th in the nation in total defense while forcing 28 turnovers throughout the 2014 campaign. These accomplishments added to the Rebels’ successful 9-3 season and a trip to the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl against TCU on New Year’s Eve.

Recruiting wise, Tom Allen is no stranger to Tampa. He served as an assistant defensive coach at nearby Armwood High School for several years and was head coach at now defunct Temple Heights Christian School for three years. Having history in the area combined with helping bringing in top defensive recruits to Ole Miss over the past three seasons will be huge for the Bulls in furthering their ongoing recruiting philosophy of locking down local talent.

Allen is expected to be introduced to the school later this week as USF continues their search for a new offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

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