SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In a news release sent Tuesday afternoon, Missouri State University athletic director Kyle Moats confirmed head football coach Terry Allen would be returning to MSU for an 8th season.
Under Allen the Bears finished a 3rd consecutive losing season in 2012 and Allen has a 28-49 record as the MSU head coach.
“After careful consideration, I have made the recommendation to President Smart that we reaffirm our commitment to continuing the process of building a championship caliber football program at Missouri State under the direction of head coach Terry Allen," said Moats. "The President has endorsed this recommendation and agrees with my assessment that, with 17 starters expected back, the nucleus is in place to compete for a conference championship and playoff spot and we look forward to the 2013 season under the leadership of Coach Allen and his staff."
Allen has 2 years left on his contract. The Bears did show improvement in the 2nd half of the 2012 season. After going 2-9 in 2011 and starting 2012 0-6 the Bears won 3 of their last 5 games.
In his statement Moats emphasized a commitment to the football program.
"In addition to putting a competitive product on the field, efforts to enhance our game day experience and athletics facilities and increase enthusiasm for Missouri State Football must continue to be a priority for our entire athletics staff," said Moats. "We have expressed these sentiments to Coach Allen and his staff and they share our enthusiasm for the future of Bears Football.”
Of the 17 starters returning, 10 will be on the defensive side.