Hoeppner to rejoin Indiana after brain surgery

Updated: September 20, 2006, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Wisconsin.

"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 me."

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 improvements.

"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.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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