Hoeppner's death is a loss for all of football
On the day Indiana University hired Terry Hoeppner as its football coach, his counterpart at Northwestern, Randy Walker, warned his staff.
"Better buckle it up, boys," Walker said. "Indiana will be a force to be reckoned with now that Terry's in charge."
Two-and-a-half years later, both are gone. Almost a year after Walker died of a heart attack, Hoeppner lost an 18-month battle with brain tumors. He died Tuesday at 59, his work in Bloomington undone.
"Coach Walk was very ...
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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