More Hoeppner news today

Not much more, mind you, but something.

The Associated Press has written this little update, which basically reveals that Hoeppner’s contract could be voided if he is unable to return to work. The report also states that the process to remove Hoeppner would have to be initiated by Rick Greenspan and he has yet to do so.

An interesting paragraph in the story brought up questions in my mind: “Athletic department officials and others are closely guarding the nature of Hoeppner’s illness and prognosis, citing federal privacy laws, despite the third-year coach being one of the state’s highest-paid employees, with an income topping $550,000 annually.”

This sentence assumes that those “athletic department officials and others” know the status of Hoeppner’s illness and prognosis. It seems at least possible that they do not know the full situation.

The fact that Greenspan told the H-T recently that he was “concerned” by Hoeppner’s absence seems to indicate that the athletic director is waiting to see what will happen, just like the fans. It seems entirely possible that only Hoeppner and his family know what is happening right now, and that they are holding out hope for a recovery sometime soon but can not guarantee as much to the administration at IU. What is clear now is that Hoeppner has given IU no timetable for a return and IU likewise has not given one to Hoeppner.

But as Bob Kravitz pointed out in his recent column (about halfway down the page), it is nearing the time for something to be done. With all due sensitivity to the situation and everyone involved, the stress caused by not knowing will soon do damage to the football program.

Can anyone think about situations that have been similar to this? Kay Yow, the women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State, was diagnosed with cancer in 1987 and beat it then before dealing with it in 2004 and 2006.

Hoeppner has never said he has cancer. When asked if the tumor removed from his right temple was malignant, Hoeppner replied by saying that he was not a doctor and did not know. That, obviously, was an attempt to avoid the question.

If your doctor ever fails to explain to you your diagnosis in terms you can understand, it is probably time to find a new doctor.

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