Minot State names interim head football coach

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Minot State University has named an interim head football coach, after newly hired coach Todd Hoffner decided to return to Minnesota State, Mankato.

Hoffner was hired in late January. He decided Tuesday to return to Mankato in the wake of a decision by an arbitrator who ruled Hoffner had been wrongly fired at the Minnesota school last year after charges were dismissed in an unfounded child pornography case.

Minot State defensive coordinator Byron Thomas will assume the head coaching duties and lead the Beavers through the final two weeks of spring practice.

Hoffner hired Thomas in February. Thomas came to Minot State after stints at Culver-Stockton College, Texas A&M and South Florida.

Thomas played at the University of South Dakota. Hoffner is a former offensive coordinator at USD.

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