Indiana's Hoeppner has tumor removed from temple

Updated: January 2, 2006, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner had surgery to remove a tumor from his right temple, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The 58-year-old Hoeppner underwent surgery on Dec. 27, and has returned home, the school said Monday.

Hoeppner began having headaches on Dec. 24 while in Cleveland to watch Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whom he coached at Miami of Ohio, play against the Browns. Hoeppner had tests on Dec. 26 after returning to Bloomington and had surgery the next day to remove the tumor.

Dr. Larry Rink, Indiana's sports medicine director, said Hoeppner has suffered no neurological problems.

"His physicians expect him to continue all of his responsibilities as head coach," Rink said. "It was hard to keep him in the hospital even a couple days after surgery."

Hoeppner led Indiana to a 4-7 record in his first season with the Hoosiers, after six years at Miami.

"The prognosis for recovery is great, and I just want to thank my wife, Jane, my wonderful family, my incredible friends, the amazing doctors who treated me, and especially, the Good Lord," Hoeppner said in a statement released by the school. "I feel badly that I have not had the chance to talk to the players, but I want them to know that this is going to be a special year for us."

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