IU issues Hoeppner update

The Indiana athletics department issued a press release Tuesday evening relating to the absence of coach Terry Hoeppner from the Hoosier football program. Here is the complete text of that release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ­ In mid-March, Indiana head football coach Terry Hoeppner announced that he would not participate in the Hoosiers’ spring practices in order to attend to his personal health matters. Since that time, he has recuperated at home, and today issued this statement in response to the tremendous outpouring of support he has received.

“We want to thank the many fans and friends who have sent their best wishes and thoughts to us over the past several weeks,” Hoeppner said. “I continue to receive medical treatment and remain inspired to return to coaching when my health permits. I love Indiana University and Indiana football and will make decisions in the best interest of the program as I have always attempted to do. I will ask for your continued respect for the privacy of me and my family as I address these matters going forward.”

Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan speaks with Hoeppner and his wife, Jane, on a regular basis and offered this perspective.

“Hep’s health is of the utmost interest and concern to us,” Greenspan said. “We’ll continue to provide him with all of the support that we can with hopeful anticipation that he’ll get well as quickly as possible.”

The Hoosiers will open the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, when they take on Indiana State at Memorial Stadium. Game time is 8 p.m. ET and will be telecast in primetime on the Big Ten Network.

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