OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami of Ohio football coach Terry Hoeppner
agreed to a five-year contract extension following a season in
which the RedHawks won the Mid-American Conference for the first
time since 1986.
The extension runs through the 2009 season.
Hoeppner was named MAC Coach of the Year, the first Miami coach
to earn the honor since Dick Crum in 1974. He has a four-year
record of 39-20 at the school.
"This is truly a great vote of confidence for me and our staff,"
Hoeppner said. "For my family, it is very meaningful that we
can stay here in Oxford, a place that has been so good to us
throughout my career."
No. 14 Miami (12-1) is headed to the GMAC Bowl on Dec. 18. It
has won 12 straight since a season-opening loss to No. 13 Iowa.
"Terry Hoeppner and his staff have brought distinction, pride
and enthusiasm to our university," Miami Ohio athletic director
Brad Bates said.
In the conference title game Thursday night, standout quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the way as Miami pounded Bowling Green 49-27. Roethlisberger set a title game record with 440 passing yards.
The RedHawks scored the most points in MAC history -- 553 -- and posted their first undefeated conference season since 1977.
After spending 13 years as a Miami assistant coach, Hoeppner was named the RedHawks' 31st coach in January of 1999. He succeeded Randy Walker, the school's winningest coach, who left for Northwestern.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.