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Miami, Ohio Selects Assistant

January 27, 1999

Miami University has chosen one of Randy Walker’s assistants to succeed him as head football coach, a source told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Terry Hoeppner, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under Walker, will be the school’s 31st head coach, according to a source speaking on condition of anonymity. Hoeppner did not return a telephone message.

The university in Oxford, Ohio called a news conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday to introduce Walker’s successor.

Walker left last Wednesday to become head coach at Northwestern, ending a nine-year coaching career in Oxford that was the second-longest in the school’s history. Walker holds the school records for most wins (59) and games (99).

Hoeppner has spent 13 seasons as an assistant at Miami, which finished 10-1 last season and has had a winning record each of the last five years. Hoeppner’s defense ranked No. 2 in the country in yards allowed in 1995.

Hoeppner played with the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. He spent six years as defensive coordinator at Franklin College in Indiana, his alma mater, before going to Miami.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday that Sherman Smith, a star at Miami in the 1970s, had withdrawn from consideration for the coaching job so he would not have to move his family. Smith is running backs coach for the Tennessee Oilers.

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