Colleagues, friends, and fans continue to mourn the passing of Indiana University football coach Terry Hoeppner. Hoeppner died at Bloomington Hospital of complications from a brain tumor just before 7 AM Tuesday morning. The coach made rallying student support for the football team a major priority during his two seasons at IU, and many students say that’s what they’ll remember most. Graduate student David Striecher is in his 6th year of attending football games at IU. He says Hoeppner was exactly what IU football needed.
“Indiana Daily Student” summer sports editor John Wustrow says he had a feeling something wasn’t right after IU athletics officials announced last week that assistant coach Bill Lynch would take over Hoeppner’s duties for 2007. Wustrow says he’s still in shock after hearing of Hoeppner’s death early Tuesday morning. Wustrow says he heard the news from an IDS colleague.
Wustrow was the spring 2007 football beat writer for the IDS. He says he was excited about the chance to interview Hoeppner and cover the football program’s spring training. Wustrow says as a student, he saw the impact Hoeppner was having.
Hoeppner had been battling cancer for 18 months. Funeral services will be held at Allen Funeral; details are pending.