Indiana coach Hoeppner dies
[size=13pt]Indiana coach Hoeppner dies[/size]
Article Last Updated: 06/20/2007 02:40:49 AM PDT
Terry Hoeppner, hired to revive Indiana University's foundering football program, died Tuesday of complications from a brain tumor, just two seasons into a rebuilding program that energized fans. He was 59.
Hoeppner, who had two brain surgeries in 18 months, spent the last four months on medical leave. He died at Bloomington Hospital with his family at his side, a school spokesman said.
Officials at a team meeting informed players taking summer classes about their coach's death and those out of town were called. Receivers coach Billy Lynch, son of interim coach Bill Lynch, described the meeting as tearful.
Hoeppner, who went 9-14 in two seasons, had taken three medical leaves since December 2005. He hadn't been seen publicly since late February. Late last week, the school said assistant Bill Lynch would replace him as coach for the 2007 season.