Thursday, September 21, 2006

Indiana Coach Back on the Job After Brain Surgery

You could make a lot of bad jokes about a college football coach with a losing record having brain surgery, but for Indiana University's Terry Hoeppner the operation he endured on September 13 was all too real and, I suspect, not very funny.

He was back at the school on Wednesday at a Board of Trustees meeting making a pitch for a major investment by the school in upgrading its athletic facilities. He told the media, "Considering 168 hours ago I was just getting out of surgery, I am honored to be anywhere."

Hoeppner's Hoosiers rallied around their coach, who will return to the sidelines a week from Saturday. It didn't result in a win last week, however. Indiana fell to Southern Illinois 35-28.

Then again, the most important victories are often won off the field.


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