Mankato football coach fights 20-day suspension

1:25 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota college football coach who was cleared of child porn charges is fighting a suspension imposed by the university that earlier placed him on leave.

Connie Howard, general counsel for the Inter Faculty Organization, says Todd Hoffner received written notice on the suspension from Minnesota State University, Mankato late Tuesday afternoon.

Howard says in an email to The Associated Press that the notice calls for a 20-day unpaid suspension starting Jan. 7.

The Inter Faculty Organization is a union representing faculty in Minnesota's state universities.

Howard says they've filed a grievance challenging Hoffner's suspension. She says Minnesota State University at Mankato failed to follow progressive discipline and did not have just cause to suspend him.

Hoffner had been on leave since videos of his naked children were found on his university-issued phone in August.

A judge ruled the videos were not pornographic and dismissed the charges against Hoffner in late November.


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