Former Redskin Coach George Allen has removed himself from consideration for the job of head football coach at the University of Kentucky.

In a statement issued late Tuesday night through his son, George F. Allen, a Charlottesville attorney, Allen said: "Out of respect for the athletics board and the University of Kentucky administration regarding the timing of such speculation, it is my decision in the best interest of all parties to withdraw my name from consideration at the University of Kentucky."

Allen had been the choice of Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown to replace the current coach, Fran Curci. Brown has been dissatisfied with three straight losing seasons, including a 3-8 mark last year, and the program has had a number of off-the-field disciplinary problems.

Curci has 3 1/2 years remaining on his contract. University President Otis Singletary said earlier in the week that he had no plans to fire Curci and hire Allen.

Allen's withdrawal averted a possible showdown on the issue between Singletary and Brown.

Said Brown: "Well, the establishment won out. Now we can look forward to continuing the great tradition of 30 years of losing. It didn't work out, and I accept that."