Hoeppner inducted

On the one-year anniversary of his death, Terry Hoeppner was honored Thursday in Shreveport, La. The former IU football coach was inducted into the Independence Bowl Hall of Honor, a distinction given to players or coaches from previous Independence Bowls who have exemplified positive achievements on and off the field. Hoeppner coached Miami of Ohio in a 17-13 loss to Iowa State in the 2004 bowl game.

His wife, Jane, accepted the honor, on his behalf in a ceremony Thursday night. She told the Shreveport Times that for months she hadn’t been sure of how she’d handle June 19, so she considered the unexpected invitation to Shreveport a gift.

“All I could think was, ‘Thank you, Lord,’” she said. “I can’t think of a better thing to do on that day.”

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3 comments

  1. Hep will forever be on the mind of this Hoosier. He had such a passion that was obvious from anyone who came in contact with him.

  2. It’s truly amazing how one person can have such an encompassing effect upon so many people. Hep impacted the Indiana community and [obviously] other communities just as though there were 10 or 12 of him cheering on the programs. He was truly a gifted individual.

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