Cleared by court, Mankato coach still left out of title run

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 2, 2012 - 8:25 AM

Fans rallied around Todd Hoffner after felony charges were dismissed, but a university inquiry continues.

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sfod93Dec. 1, 12 7:01 PM

Coach, I hope you sue for $1M for each day you spent under investigation.

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tnesleyDec. 1, 12 7:06 PM

I see a law suite in the future on this one. Some one was too quick to the trigger on filing charges.

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bmorleymnDec. 1, 12 7:20 PM

The Hoffners have suffered enough. If he does not get his job back, then legal action is definitely called for. God bless the Hoffners.

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th3171Dec. 1, 12 7:27 PM

Seems like they did just fine without him. On a side note, how in the crap does it take this long for an investigation for inappropriate uses of a state issued cell phone?

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alanam8Dec. 1, 12 7:31 PM

I challenge anyone to find another case where a judge has dismissed charges against an alleged child pornographer. It doesn't happen because most prosecutors have enough common sense to avoid pressing these kinds of charges when the evidence doesn't support the allegation. Unfortunately, a prosecutor can't be sued --- but he CAN be fired. And that's precisely what should happen in the wake of this case. Fire the proescutor.

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erikj3Dec. 1, 12 7:40 PM

What a miscarriage of justice this whole thing has been. Note how the charges were dropped only after the football season was over. Yes, it was a likely overreaction in a post-Sandusky world, but that doesn't make ruining this guy's reputation and putting him through hell okay!

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jaynedrakeDec. 1, 12 7:43 PM

I think that the Governor and Minnesota legislature need to put pressure on Mankato University to stop this. And I am stunned by the Blue East prosecutor's statements. They are religious nut stuff.

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shushyn78Dec. 1, 12 7:51 PM

It was a travesty what was done to this coach. He needs his life back. The government owes him big time.

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kkjerDec. 1, 12 7:56 PM

I hope he sues also. Having been in law enforcement for 21 years, my first reaction was this is a prosecutor who wants to make a name for himself and run for a higher office. To anyone who knows anything about child sexual abuse cases knew this case was going no where right from the beginning. Now the college executives need to get some sense and some guts and bring him back immediately. This case ain't like Happy Valley.

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rvjesseDec. 1, 12 8:11 PM

Why does everything take so long? He never should have been charged and then when he was it goes on and on. Everyone covers their own rear ends at his and his family expense. I do not like lawsuit's but this time one might be due.

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