Thousands gather at Assembly Hall to remember Hoeppner's life
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jane Hoeppner wanted her husband to have one last game day.
So players dressed in their white jerseys and red sweat pants, met at Assembly Hall and even got a pep talk from the coach's wife. But when Terry Hoeppner couldn't lead them across the parking lot to the football stadium, his spirit did.
Players, coaches, friends and colleagues gathered Saturday for a
farewell to the coach who spent two seasons reinvigorating Indiana
football. Hoeppner, ...
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TERRY HOEPPNER: 1947-2007
Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner died Tuesday after an 18-month battle with brain tumors. He had spent the last four months on medical leave from the school. Story
BORN: Aug. 19, 1947
RECORD: 57-39; 48-25 at Miami (Ohio) and 9-14 at Indiana.
BOWLS: 1-1 with Miami (Ohio)
NOTABLE: Indiana's five wins in 2006 were its most since 2001.
QUOTABLE: "I can't say enough about Coach Hoeppner. He is an inspiration, a second father to me. I love him to death. I told him that I will always support him, because he has always supported me." -- Ben Roethlisberger, who played for Hoeppner at Miami (Ohio).
PERSONAL: Hoeppner is survived by his wife, three children -- Amy, Allison and Drew -- and four grandchildren.
Audio• Hoeppner discussed his battle with cancer on ESPN Radio last June. Listen
• Miami (Ohio) coach Shane Montomgery reacts to the passing of his mentor and friend. Listen
• Ivan Maisel shares his thoughts on Hoeppner. Listen
• Jim Donnan remembers Hoeppner as a good person first and a good coach next. Listen
Analysis• Forde: Hoeppner was the right fit for IU
• Maisel: Football lost a good one
• Feldman: Hoeppner touched many lives