IU alternate uniforms to honor Hoeppner

A decade after the death of Terry Hoeppner, Indiana will honor its former coach this season with alternate uniforms that pay homage to his legacy.

Adidas on Thursday unveiled the new crimson jerseys, which feature the Indiana script logo on the chest and uniform numbers highlighted with a custom-created limestone pattern to match new limestone-tinted pants.

The “Hep’s Rock” alternate uniforms will make their on-field debut on Saturday, Sept. 23 when IU hosts Georgia Southern at Memorial Stadium.

The uniforms are a nod to Hoeppner, who died of brain cancer on June 19, 2007. Two years earlier, Hoeppner had a limestone boulder installed just beyond the north end zone inside Memorial Stadium as a point of pride for the IU program.

IU’s new aesthetic pays tribute to that rock — Hep’s Rock.

“We’ve had a lot of people come in and talk about Coach Hep and his passion and love for the game,” IU sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk said. “I really wish I could’ve met the man himself. Having that rock there and knowing what he went through and battling through every single day and never giving up, just being a total warrior, I think it means a lot. I think we should take a lot of pride in that.”

Coaches at this level have at least some input in the design and branding of football uniforms. Although it’s unclear how much input new IU coach Tom Allen had in the roll out of IU’s 2017 alternate uniforms, he has said in the past that he prefers crisp, clean, classic uniforms sets.

With uniforms that honor a beloved former Hoosier coach, this set is surely one that IU will wear with pride.

“What he did for the program was nothing short of remarkable and how he went out, nobody deserves to go like that,” Cronk said.” “For me, i take a lot of pride in it.”