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Continued: Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach Hoffner gets emotional as he announces his return

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 16, 2014 - 8:27 AM

Madel said he would also like to see the Legislature look into the case and the taxpayer dollars that were spent prosecuting a father’s home video of his children.

Those videos came to light in the charged atmosphere that followed the conviction of retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on multiple charges of child sex abuse. Some of the university’s reasoning behind the firing came to light last week, in the arbitrator’s decision obtained by the Free Press of Mankato.

According to the newspaper, university President Richard Davenport wrote that Hoffner was being fired for viewing pornography on his work computer and for allowing his wife to use the device.

But the arbitrator said Hoffner denied using his computer to view porn and several people had access to the device, so there was no proof to that allegation. There was evidence Hoffner’s wife had used the computer, but that was not grounds for termination, the arbitrator found.

Hoffner will be trading a $90,000-a-year coaching job at Minot State for a six-figure salary at Minnesota State. He said that in addition to his $105,000 salary, he will be entitled to back pay and his contract will be extended by two years to run through 2018.

Nerves steady

In a statement, Minot State athletic director Rick Hedberg said the school wished Hoffner the best and hoped there was closure for him.

“We are disappointed that doesn’t involve Minot State,” Hedberg said. He said the school will move forward quickly to find a replacement.

Asked whether he would be nervous about walking back onto the MSU campus on Wednesday, Hoffner smiled.

“If you went through what I went through in the last 20 months, nothing would make you nervous,” he said. “It’s going to pale in comparison to what I went through.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jennifer Brooks • 612-673-4008

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