NEW INFORMATION: Players cool to returning Minnesota State coach

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Hoffner has also been head football coach at UW-Eau Claire.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- A fired Minnesota football coach who got his job back through an arbitrator's ruling is getting a cold reception from his former team.

Minnesota State, Mankato head coach Todd Hoffner is back on campus for the first time since last week's ruling. The arbitrator said Hoffner was wrongfully dismissed in the wake of a child porn charges that were ultimately dropped.

Mavericks players came out for spring practice Wednesday afternoon but weren't in uniform. The Free Press of Mankato reports that they read a statement saying they want interim coach Aaron Keen back.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota State football coach Todd Hoffner says it feels refreshing to be back on campus in Mankato for the first time since an arbitrator ruled he was improperly fired.

Hoffner was dismissed by the school in 2013, several months after he was arrested on a child pornography charge that was later dropped. Hoffner announced Tuesday that he would return to Mankato even though he had accepted the top job at Minot State not long ago.

Hoffner said he got a big hug from senior tight end Darius Claire as he walked into the football offices before practice. He planned to observe drills later in the afternoon with many players he helped recruit into the program.


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