Hoeppner talks about his return

Former Hoosier quarterback Chris Dittoe asked Terry Hoeppner Monday how he could return to coaching so quickly after surgery.

Dittoe, Indiana’s starter from 1994-96, was a caller on Hoeppner’s weekly radio show. He wondered how Hoeppner managed to return to his team Sunday, 11 days after brain surgery, when it takes players a couple of weeks to come back from something as relatively minor as a hamstring injury.

Hoeppner, whose return was cheered by about 75 people watching his radio show at Colorado Steakhouse, responded that he’s not rushing back too soon. He said his family supports his decision and his doctors have given him the OK to resume his duties at Memorial Stadium.

“I’m a football coach,” Hoeppner said. “That’s what I do.”
Hoeppner publicly thanked his players and interim head coach Bill Lynch for their work while he was out, and gave special thanks to Hoosier fans who reached out to support him.

“The thoughts and prayers have just been so humbling, but they’re working” he said. “I feel great.”

Hoeppner returned to his team’s meeting and practice Sunday just as he had said he planned to do last week when talking with university trustrees about proposals for major improvements to Memorial Stadium.

“We lost a football game, but we won some big victories last week,” Hoeppner said of the facility improvements, which the trustees unanimously approved.

He also said receiver James Hardy has returned to practice this week after missing the past two games.

Hoeppner was in the press box for Saturday’s loss to UConn, but stayed out of the way of his coaching staff, he said, because he didn’t want his coaches to fear he’d suddenly jump back into coaching the game.

He spent Monday in meetings with his coaches preparing for Indiana’s Big Ten opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers (2-2) will play Wisconsin (3-1) at noon.

After the meetings, Hoeppner said Indiana just hasn’t put together a good game over the past two weeks.

Against Southern Illinois, the Hoosiers scored enough points, 28, that they should have been able to win, he said, and against UConn, they allowed few enough, 14, that they should have been able to win.

“We’re going to get this fixed,” Hoeppner said. “We’ve got a lot of young players. We’re not making excuses, but it’s a fact.”

Quarterback Graeme McFarland and linebacker Jake Powers were guests on Monday’s radio show. McFarland said he is almost completely recovered after suffering a partially separated shoulder against Ball State two weeks ago.

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