Hoeppner sends an e-mail to his players

Several Hoosier players said after Saturday’s Cream and Crimson game that the team had gotten an e-mail from coach Terry Hoeppner on Friday. They said receiving it was a surprise because they haven’t heard directly from Hoeppner lately.

Running back Josiah Sears said the e-mail talked about how much Hoeppner has enjoyed watching the progress of the team this spring on film, which interim head coach Bill Lynch has brought to him. The e-mail also said Hoeppner looks forward to returning to the team, Sears said, but it didn’t say how soon Hoeppner expects to be back.

A couple of players said they had even thought Hoeppner might show up in the press box at the annual spring game, but there wasn’t any sign of that happening Saturday. IU officials said if Hoeppner was there, they weren’t aware of it.

Sears said it’s been difficult not having Hoeppner, the team’s leader, at spring practice, but Lynch has done an excellent job of stepping into that leadership role.

“We’ve obviously been praying for him,” Sears said of Hoeppner.