Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Mankato football players end protest, will practice

Before the arbitrator’s decision was released, Hoffner had accepted a new job as head coach at Minot State. His abrupt departure this week left the North Dakota school starting another coaching search — less than three months after hiring Hoffner. “We were frustrated with what happened, when it happened,” said Michael Linnell, the school’s sports information director. But “we’ve kind of turned the page.”

Linnell said Hoffner tendered his resignation by e-mail Tuesday, just before he announced he intended to return to Minnesota State.

When Hoffner was interviewed at Minot State, Linnell said, Hoffner was asked whether he might be interested in going back to Mankato should the opportunity arise. “He was asked at least once, if not multiple times, about going back there. He said he was committed to us 100 percent,” Linnell said.

Hoffner promises to adapt

Hoffner said Thursday he did not take the players’ actions or statements personally. He admired their support for and loyalty to Keen, he said, and accepted their call for him to change his style.

In four seasons as coach, Hoffner led the Mavericks to a 34-13 record and the 2011 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship. Thompson called Hoffner a great coach but said there were “differences” between Hoffner and the players in his first years with the program. Hoffner was not as much of a “players’ coach” as Keen, Thompson said, and the team hopes he will move toward more open communication and collaboration.

“It’s clear there has been a shift in the culture,” Hoffner said. “You have to be able to adapt to the given situation. … With a healthy dialogue and exchange, I think we’re ready to move forward.”

Lloyd said he does not expect the melodrama surrounding the football team to keep fans or boosters away. “Most of these guys that withheld contributions or didn’t buy season tickets, everyone I’ve talked to, they want to come back,” he said. “They were Hoffner supporters, and they remain Hoffner supporters.”

Hoffner said he will not be easily deterred.

“The man above can only put us in situations we can handle,” Hoffner said. “And obviously, I can handle a lot of very difficult situations. So I don’t think it’s going to be too much of a problem moving forward, and I relish the opportunity to work with these young men.”

  • related content

  • Arbitrator criticizes MSU-Mankato in his report

    Friday April 18, 2014

    An arbitrator’s 72-page report regarding the case of coach Todd Hoffner harshly admonished the school for its actions.

  • Video: MSU's Todd Hoffner doesn't fault players for protest

    Friday April 18, 2014

    MSU football coach Todd Hoffner says he doesn't fault players for protest and appreciates the bond with the assistant...

  • Video: Hoffner convinced MSU football players he's changed

    Thursday April 17, 2014

    MSU football player Sam Thompson says Todd Hoffner convinced team he's changed and wants only success.

  • Minnesota State, Mankato athletic director Kevin Buisman, left, walks...

  • Todd Hoffner: Fired football coach was reinstated by arbitrator, but players initially balked at playing for him.

  • MSU Mankato football player Sam Thompson left, read a statement during a news conference as coach Todd Hoffner, associate head coach Aaron Keen and athletic director Kevin Buisman listened Thursday.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 0 FINAL
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 8
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 2
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 4
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Samardzija 13
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 3 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: C. Kimbrel 2
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 13 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 3
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Garza 9
Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi 5 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: A. Crow 2
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 6 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: G. Richards 4
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: H. Iwakuma 0
Montreal 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 3
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
New York 84 FINAL
Seattle 80
Phoenix 93 FINAL
Los Angeles 73

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which uniform will Kevin Love wear next season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close