Indiana's Hoeppner has tumor removed from temple

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."