Miami of Ohio's Terry Hoeppner was hired as Indiana's coach yesterday and vowed to take the Hoosiers to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1968. Hoeppner, 48-23 in six seasons...

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Miami of Ohio’s Terry Hoeppner was hired as Indiana’s coach yesterday and vowed to take the Hoosiers to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1968.

Hoeppner, 48-23 in six seasons at Miami, takes over a program with 10 straight losing seasons.

“Can we win here? There is no doubt about it,” Hoeppner said. “We’re going to build a championship football team here. That is no joke.”

Indiana fired Gerry DiNardo after ending a 3-8 season with a 63-24 loss to rival Purdue. DiNardo went 8-27 in three years.

Miami was 8-4 this year. Hoeppner, 57, will coach the RedHawks against Iowa State in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 28.

Ole Miss coach Orgeron says his bad behavior is in the past

OXFORD, Miss. — New Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron was charged with repeated domestic violence more than a decade ago when he was an assistant at Miami of Florida, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Background checks were conducted on Orgeron and other candidates, chancellor Robert Khayat said at a news conference introducing Orgeron as the Rebels’ coach. Athletic director Pete Boone said school officials are aware of the coach’s history.

Orgeron, hired this week to replace David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss, had a restraining order filed against him by a Dade County, Fla., woman who accused him of repeated violence 13 years ago, said Robert Keen, a supervisor with the Dade County clerk’s office. The woman later received an injunction that was terminated in July 1992, Keen said.

“All I’m going to say is this: I’m completely comfortable with the steps I’ve taken to correct the mistakes in my life, and they’re no longer part of my daily living,” Orgeron said Thursday in Oxford.

Orgeron was involved in a 1992 incident in which he reportedly head-butted the manager of a nightclub in Baton Rouge, La., several newspapers reported. Felony second-degree battery charges were dropped when the manager settled out of court, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Orgeron was fired at Miami after that incident.

James Madison takes I-AA title

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Running back Maurice Fenner and quarterback Justin Rascati ran for two touchdowns apiece and James Madison won its first national championship with a 31-21 victory over Montana in the Division I-AA title game.

The Dukes (13-2) rolled up 314 yards rushing against the two-time champion Grizzlies (12-3). Fenner had 164 yards on 29 carries, and Rascati ran for 57 yards on 11 carries.

Montana quarterback Craig Ochs was 29 of 38 for 371 yards and three touchdowns.


• Second-year UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, a former Washington assistant, got a two-year contract extension. Dorrell is under contract with the Bruins through the 2010 season.

UCLA (6-5) will face Wyoming (6-5) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday.

Dorrell declined the offer of a one-year rollover in January after a 6-7 season. He succeeded Bob Toledo, who was fired after the 2002 season.