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MSU Keeps Allen As Bears Boss

Terry Allen will return for at least one more season at Missouri State as football coach.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Missouri State will keep Terry Allen as it's football coach for at least one more season.

Bears athletics director Kyle Moats made that decision 24 hours after the team lost its final game to Northern Iowa.

The 17-10 defeat snapped a four game Bears winning streak. 

Allen had hoped that a win Saturday would have resulted in an at large bid to the playoffs.

Missouri State was 5-7, but 5-3 in the Valley conference.

Moats was out of town Monday but gave us this comment.

"Coach Allen and the team continued to make the necessary strides this year.  We want to give our coaches and player an opportunity to carry the momentum from a 5-3 conference season forward and build from that."  

"We couldn't be any more excited," said Missouri State coach Terry Allen.  "And the thing that excites me the most is that we have good young men in our program.  And it's a pleasure and honor to coach them.  They showed up.  The biggest thing throughout this whole thing was that if those players didn't want to play for me.  Or if they didn't want to play for their assistant coaches when we were 1-and-6 they would have packed it in.  We beat ourselves on Saturday.  They're one of the top two teams in our conference.  We only have ourselves to blame for not being in the playoffs.  We're a team that beat ourselves in a couple of games that would have been a difference maker.."

Here are some facts and figures about the Terry Allen era at Missouri State.

He's 33-56 in eight seasons.

This year it was 5-7 overall but 5-3 in conference, his best Valley mark at Missouri State.

He's had two winning campaigns and has one year left and made $108,211 dollars this season. 

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