Union respresenting fired Minnesota State coach files grievence

4:17 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato fired former football coach Todd Hoffner on Monday, according to the union that represents faculty members.

Hoffner was charged with child pornography in August after a university IT worker found videos of his naked children on his work-issued cell phone. He was cleared of the charges by a judge in November, but never returned to the sidelines.

Hoffner was reassigned to an administrative position within the athletics department.

KARE 11 talked with Hoffner outside his Eagle Lake home, but he told us he was advised not to talk about the issue and referred our crew to the Inter Faculty Organization that represents faculty members in collective bargaining.

"As with the January 2013 suspension and reassignment of Coach Hoffner, the Inter Faculty Organization immediately grieved the termination. The termination has now been consolidated with the January grievance such that both will be heard by a single arbitrator this summer. We expect Coach Hoffner to prevail," the IFO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the university would only say Hoffner was taken off the payroll, citing data practice concerns. The university would not say why the former coach was no longer employed.

The football team Hoffner was supposed to coach had a record-breaking season under an interim coach, going 13-1 and making it to the Division II National Semifinals.

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