Fired MSU-Mankato football coach will return to job

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota State University-Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner said Tuesday afternoon he will return to his old job.

"Minnesota State University is a beautiful place, and there's a lot of great people there, and it's going to be very refreshing for me to go back to a place that I was removed from," Hoffner said.

A Blue Earth County judge dismissed child pornography charges against Hoffner in late 2012, saying bathtime videos he took of his children on a university-issued cell phone were innocent family moments.

But MSU officials still suspended Hoffner and reassigned him to a newly-created administrative job before eventually firing him last May. MSU never publicly said why Hoffner was fired.

Last week, an arbitrator ruled MSU had no grounds to fire Hoffner and ordered the school to reinstate him with back pay.

In January, he took a new job at Minot State University in North Dakota. Hoffner today thanked Minot State for hiring him.

Hoffner said he will resume his duties Wednesday.

The university welcomed Hoffner back to campus and the head football job.

"This has been a difficult journey for all involved," the school said in a statement.

"We extend our apologies to Mr. Hoffner and deeply regret the difficulties he and his family have experienced this past year and a half," the university added. "It is our sincere hope that all concerned can now find ways to move forward for the sake of the Hoffner family, student athletes, the university, and the community."


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