Sunday, December 7, 2003

Miami RedHawks extend coach's contract

Cradle robbing will be avoided for time being

The Cincinnati Enquirer

OXFORD - Miami University football coach Terry Hoeppner has agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2009, athletic director Brad Bates and MU president James Garland announced Saturday. "Miami University is proud to be known as the Cradle of Coaches," Garland said, "but that doesn't mean we want anyone robbing our cradle."

The success of the 2003 team has facilitated a record three sellouts at Yager Stadium, five national television appearances and a trip to the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 18.

Miami, riding a 12-game winning streak, has a 12-1 record. The RedHawks won their first Mid-American Conference championship since 1986 on Thursday with a 49-27 victory over Bowling Green in the MAC championship game.

Hoeppner earned MAC Coach of the Year honors, the first by a Miami mentor since Dick Crum in 1974. Nine RedHawks were named all-conference. Miami is No. 11 in the BCS rankings. No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls.

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