Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
With the season just 80 days away, this is becoming a dreadful offseason off the field for the Indiana Hoosiers, as we have learned that safety Antonio Allen, 20, is being held on $75,000 bail on felony drug charges of dealing methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroine, in a Monroe County jail after being placed under arrest at 5:15 p.m. by Indiana State Police. Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com first reported this news. Indiana University released a statement earlier stating that they, “and the IU football program are aware of the arrest of junior defensive back Antonio Allen. Allen has been suspended from all football activities effective immediately. We will continue to gather facts, monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.” This is a statement that has been issued far too often this offseason as now three Hoosier football players have found themselves in handcuffs.
What This Means For the Program?
Allen was a projected starter for IU at safety and was going to be a key ingredient in leading a young secondary, but now instead of fighting off blocks he will be fighting against felony drug charges that could land him in prison for an extended amount of time. Head coach Kevin Wilson has acted swiftly in this case, but the damage has already been done. Wilson already going into the fifth year of his seven year contract, with no more than five wins in a season, has seen some of the good will he has earned be washed away by a tumultuous offseason. It begs the question of whether or not he has lost a little bit of control with his players and if anyone knew what was going on away from the field. We will have more as this situation develops.
UPDATED: As of 5:20pm June 17th Antonio Allen has been dismissed from the Indiana football program effective immediately according to a release from IU Athletics.