Hoeppner celebrates big wins over Iowa, brain tumor

Many coaches talk a good game, but in surviving a lifetime of hardship in the span of two years, Terry Hoeppner is teaching his players the true meaning of success, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: October 16, 2006, 6:00 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

For nearly two years, Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner was never sure what life was going to throw at him next.

But before the Hoosiers played No. 15 Iowa on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Hoeppner knew exactly what was coming for a change.

Hoeppner had watched his team practice very well the previous two weeks and wasn't surprised when the Hoosiers rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to win 34-32 at Illinois on Oct. 7. Hoeppner's teams at Miami (Ohio) had always played ...

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