Hoeppner to miss spring practice

This has just been released by the Indiana athletic department.

We are, of course, trying to follow up and find out anything we can.

The basic story is this: Hoeppner won’t be there for spring practice. He’s taking care of health issues. It doesn’t say that Hoeppner is suffering from any lingering effects of a brain tumor that was operated on in late December of 2005. Bill Lynch, who replaced Hoeppner for two weeks during the season following another surgery, will coach spring practice, which starts Tuesday.

More to come . . . .

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HOEPPNER TO MISS SPRING PRACTICE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ­ The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced
Sunday evening that Head Football Coach Terry Hoeppner will not participate
in spring practice so that he may attend to personal health matters.

³Coach Hoeppner has indicated a need to take some time to regain his
strength and energy and to receive proper medical care,² Director of
Athletics Rick Greenspan said. ³We have encouraged Terry to make his family
and health a top priority. All of us are hopeful for a quick and full
recovery with Coach Hoeppner returning to lead the Indiana Football
program.²

Hoeppner underwent surgery last September and returned within days to lead
Indiana for the balance of the season, recording victories over No. 13 Iowa,
Michigan State and Illinois. The competitive season was followed by a very
demanding and successful recruiting period and planning for the off-season.

Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Bill Lynch will assume the
day-to-day responsibilities for the football program in Hoeppner¹s absence.

³Coach Lynch is an experienced veteran of the football business in whom we
have the utmost confidence to lead our program during this time,² Greenspan
said.

Lynch said the team¹s thoughts are with Coach Hoeppner as they prepare to
enter spring practice.

³Coach Hoeppner is one of the strongest men I¹ve ever been around and his
health is the most important thing to everyone who cares about him,² Lynch
said. ³Our coaching staff will effectively guide this program¹s progress
throughout the spring practice period as we look to prepare for a successful
season.²

The Hoeppner family has expressed their gratitude for the overwhelming
support they have received.

“At this time, our family feels as though it is in Terry’s best interest to step away from football for a time to concentrate on regaining his strength, Coach Hoeppner’s wife Jane said. ³We appreciate the thoughts and prayers of Indiana supporters throughout the nation.”

Coach Hoeppner also conveyed his gratitude for the well wishes of countless
supporters.

³My faith, my family and the Indiana Football program are the most important
things in my life,² Hoeppner said. ³In order to serve them best and make a
full recovery, I need to take some time away to regain my strength and
energy.

³I have every confidence in Coach Bill Lynch and the entire staff to lead
our football program during the spring practice period. I intend to return
to guide this program into the 2007 season and beyond. As I prepare to do
so, I appreciate the media and our supporters respecting my family’s privacy
as we handle this personal matter. Likewise, we are grateful for all the
well wishes we have received from Hoosier fans everywhere.²

The Hoosiers begin spring practice on Tuesday, March 20. They will conduct
15 practices during the period, culminating with the Cream and Crimson
Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

One comment

  1. My thought is clearly there is something that IU is not telling us reguarding Coach Hep’s health. This is the third time he has missed time due to health reason’s. Hep keeps telling us he is fine but clearly something is wrong with him. I wish IU would come clean and tell us what is going on here.

    With that said I am praying that Coach Hep is okay and he does get better soon and return to the team in full health.

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