Indiana University


In 2005, a southern Indiana limestone boulder found in the IU football practice field was removed, placed on a granite slab, and moved to the north end zone inside Memorial Stadium. Nicknamed “The Rock,” head coach Terry Hoeppner started the tradition of every coach and team member touching The Rock before running onto the field. Terry Hoeppner succumbed to brain cancer on June 19, 2007, and The Rock was re-named “Hep’s Rock” during a ceremony with the Hoeppner family on November 6, 2010. Hep’s Rock now serves as motivation for the team, as well as a tribute to Hoeppner’s influence on the football program.