A look around the MAC

Updated: August 31, 2004, 6:14 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
Almost every college football coach has a favorite saying plastered along the wall of his team meeting room. For coaches, these adages might as well be conditions for employment, alongside "playing experience" and "some form of a Southern drawl."

Miami (Ohio) boss Terry Hoeppner is no exception. The phrase "have a plan, work a plan and plan for the unexpected" is often recited in Oxford. But what sets Hoeppner and the RedHawks apart from others is that they actually stick to those words.

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