Indiana University Football Coach Terry Hoeppner has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Last week Athletic Director Rick Greenspan said Assistant Coach Bill Lynch would take over Hoeppner’s duties for 2007 while the coach took a medical leave. This morning Tuesday team physician Doctor Larry Rink announced that Hoeppner died shortly before 7 a.m. of complications from a brain tumor. He was 59. During a press conference last fall, Hoeppner tried to put a positive spin on the news that doctors would have to perform a second operation.
During his first year at IU, Hoeppner was credited with boosting ticket sales by 46 percent, and bringing IU to its best start in ten years. Hoeppner is survived by his wife Jane, three children, and four grandchildren.