Indiana football coach Hoeppner dies of complications from brain tumor
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Terry Hoeppner won nine games as Indiana's coach, but he will always be remembered as the program's rock.
The man hired to revive Indiana's foundering football program in 2004 -- and had a 3-ton limestone boulder placed in the north end zone of Memorial Stadium -- died of complications of a brain tumor Tuesday morning at Bloomington Hospital with his family at his side. He was 59.
Hoeppner waged his personal battle with the same zeal that made him a popular coach.
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TERRY HOEPPNER: 1947-2007
Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner died Tuesday after an 18-month battle with brain tumors. He had spent the last four months on medical leave from the school. Story
BORN: Aug. 19, 1947
RECORD: 57-39; 48-25 at Miami (Ohio) and 9-14 at Indiana.
BOWLS: 1-1 with Miami (Ohio)
NOTABLE: Indiana's five wins in 2006 were its most since 2001.
QUOTABLE: "I can't say enough about Coach Hoeppner. He is an inspiration, a second father to me. I love him to death. I told him that I will always support him, because he has always supported me." -- Ben Roethlisberger, who played for Hoeppner at Miami (Ohio).
PERSONAL: Hoeppner is survived by his wife, three children -- Amy, Allison and Drew -- and four grandchildren.
Audio• Hoeppner discussed his battle with cancer on ESPN Radio last June. Listen
• Miami (Ohio) coach Shane Montomgery reacts to the passing of his mentor and friend. Listen
• Ivan Maisel shares his thoughts on Hoeppner. Listen
• Jim Donnan remembers Hoeppner as a good person first and a good coach next. Listen
Analysis• Forde: Hoeppner was the right fit for IU
• Maisel: Football lost a good one
• Feldman: Hoeppner touched many lives