Hoeppner Did Things His Way
Late Indiana coach brought sense of excitement to Hoosiers
June 19, 2007
Trev Alberts is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com.
By Trev Alberts
Special to CSTV.com
The one thing I'll remember about Terry Hoeppner was his ability to create excitement. I did a couple of Miami University games and going down to Oxford you could just sense the excitement as you entered campus. Of course, it helped they had Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, but I just remember being struck by Hoeppner's energy and enthusiasm. He believed in what he was doing, and that's why he became the Indiana coach.
Hoeppner didn't care that everybody told him he couldn't win at
The thing I most admired about Hoeppner was that he was probably one of those guys who was told what he couldn't accomplish throughout his life and just didn't listen to those things. He kept fighting and believed in what he believed in and was extremely successful for it.
The sad thing is we won't get to see the culmination of his work at
It's a sad day for the Hoeppner family because they've lost a pretty special person, and I can't speak to that, but from a football prospective I think it's obviously a huge loss for
It's a huge loss for college football. He did things the right way. He wasn't in it to create a name for himself, but to affect the lives of young men, and those types of coaches are getting tough to find these days.