Hoffner says he will return to old job as Mankato football coach
April 15, 2014 — 3:25pm
Former Minnesota State University Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner said Tuesday afternoon that he would return to the school and resume his old duties.
It was the first time he discussed his future since an arbitrator concluded that the university wronged him in the past.
Hoffner, a 47-year-old husband and father of three, was arrested in 2012 and charged with two counts of child pornography after university staff found images of his naked children on his work-issued cell phone. A judge tossed the charges out, concluding that the images were simply a father recording his children’s innocent bath time play.
But the incident happened just months after retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse, and in that charged atmosphere the university first suspended, then fired Hoffner.
Last week, an arbitrator sided with Hoffner, saying the university was wrong to dismiss him, and should rehire him immediately.
Hoffner, who has accepted the head coaching job at Minot State University in North Dakota, now faces a choice between returning to work in Mankato, or moving his family to Minot.
The press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at his lawyer’s offices in Minneapolis.
Fighting tears, Todd Hoffner said he would be leaving his new post at Minot State to return to the university that fired him — wrongly, an arbitrator ruled last week — after he was cleared of all suspicion that videos he shot of his young children at bath time were child pornography.