Hoeppner to rejoin Indiana after brain surgery

9/20/2006 - Indiana Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner
plans to rejoin the team Sunday, less than two weeks after brain
surgery, and be ready for the Big Ten opener Sept. 30 game against

"I'm honored to be here. ... I'm honored to be anywhere
today," the 59-year-old coach said Wednesday.

Hoeppner had surgery Sept. 13 and expected to miss two to four
weeks. Doctors are uncertain if the new growth is a recurrence of
the tumor removed in December.

"I feel great," Hoeppner said. "The nurses are taking care of

Hours after surgery, Hoeppner was alert and talking. Athletic
director Rick Greenspan asked him to attend Wednesday's board of
trustees meeting. The coach appeared to talk about proposed stadium

"This is how strongly I feel about the facility, and also my
passion not only for football, but for the athletic department and
the university," the coach said.

Indiana, with assistant Bill Lynch coaching, lost 35-28 to
Division I-AA Southern Illinois last Saturday. The Hoosiers host
Connecticut on Saturday.