Jan. 2, 2006
Coach Hep Interview
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University head football coach Terry Hoeppner is recovering comfortably at home from Dec. 27 surgery to remove a tumor from his right temple, and Hoeppner's physicians anticipate a full recovery within the next several weeks.
On Dec. 24, Hoeppner was in Cleveland, Ohio to watch his former Miami (Ohio) and current Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger play against the Browns. Hoeppner began suffering headaches that evening, and he returned to Bloomington and underwent tests on Dec. 26. The tests showed a tumor on his right temple that was removed on Dec. 27.
Hoeppner is already looking forward to the 2006 football season.
"The prognosis for recovery is great, and I just want to thank my wife, Jane, my wonderful family, my incredible friends, the amazing doctors who treated me, and especially, the Good Lord," Hoeppner said. "I feel badly that I have not had the chance to talk to the players, but I want them to know that this is going to be a special year for us."
IU Athletics Sports Medicine Director Dr. Larry Rink is pleased with Hoeppner's progress in recovery.
"Coach Hoeppner had surgery for removal of a brain tumor on Dec. 27, barely 48 hours after his first symptom. Surgery was successful, and he has no neurological deficits," Rink said. "His physicians expect him to continue all of his responsibilities as head coach. It was hard to keep him in the hospital even a couple days after surgery."
IU Athletics Director Rick Greenspan said that the athletics department extends its complete support to Coach Hoeppner and his family.
"Most importantly, from the IU administration, all of our sincere thoughts are for Terry's complete and expected return to health," Greenspan said. "Terry is an amazing guy with a positive outlook, strong focus and competitive juices. We're looking forward to having him back in the weeks ahead."