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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 20, 2018 6:20 pm

Ex-IU captain makes $2 million donation for football complex

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former Indiana captain Terry Tallen is donating $2 million to the IU athletic department for renovations of the football team's area around Memorial Stadium. In honor of the gift, the Hoosiers are naming the area the Terry Tallen Indiana Football Complex.

The complex will fill in 25,000 square feet underneath the Memorial Stadium stands and will include locker rooms for players and coaches, equipment rooms, a lounge and a recruiting area. 

“We would like to thank Terry for his continued support of our football program,” coach Tom Allen said in a written statement. “He’s been a great asset to us over the years and we appreciate his generosity. The Terry Tallen Complex will have a huge impact on our current students and potential recruits. It’s great to have a guy like Terry on our team.”

Tallen's gift is part of the $3 billion Bicentennial Campaign the university is running ahead of IU's 200th year in 2020. The donation is the largest ever given by a former football player.

Tallen was a three-year letterman at Indiana and a captain on both the 1979 and 1980 teams, including the '79 group that rose as high as No. 16 in the country and won the Holiday Bowl for the first bowl victory in program history. The Hamilton, Ohio native played linebacker, defensive tackle and nose guard in his time with the Hoosiers, after then-coach Lee Corso recruited him to Indiana.

Tallen said he hopes the gift inspires other current and former players to give back in the future.

“I am a strong believer that being an Indiana University student athlete is an extraordinary opportunity and privilege, and I am a firm believer in paying it forward," he said in the statement.

Tallen is a real estate and retail investor that started his own company, Tallen Capital Partners, LLC in 2001 after a long career in the corporate world. He graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 1982.