Mankato looks for new head football coach

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 1:24 AM

Even after child-porn charges were dismissed, Todd Hoffner was reassigned.

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swschradJan. 7, 13 2:45 PM

coach Hoffner will win his lawsuit if he files one. Kato won't be able to get a good coach because it's obvious they lack common sense at multiple levels in the administration.

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dorkeemnJan. 7, 13 2:52 PM

Who is running MSU Mankato - the Marx Brothers, Three Stooges or Laurel and Hardy? Wait a minute, I think any of the three above would do a better job than the clowns who are running it now. The coach makes a dumb mistake - one that I'm sure many people who have a work issued device make - recording a family moment - and then he gets cleared by the court and now punished by the school? MSU-Mankato had better get the boosters ready to write a really big check with a lot of zero's in it...because when (not if, when) he decides to sue, they're going to be paying for years.

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getlanceJan. 7, 13 2:56 PM

It would be interesting to find out if other people there have been similarly punished for cell phone misuse. Double standards in place?

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andymannJan. 7, 13 2:59 PM

Not only should that county attorney be fired, but so should any official at MSU that was associated with letting the coach go. What a travesty...they ruined this man's career. I don't know how he stays there, some other school will land a great coach. What a friggen debacle.

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ghutchJan. 7, 13 3:01 PM

The University has committed a serious injustice. The suspension and "reassignment" are an outrageous overreaction to a minor incident that was subsequently blown out of proportion by the filing of child porn charges. I hope Hoffner gets a good lawyer and a huge settlement for this egregious unjustified behavior. Even more important but far less likely would be disciplinary action against the malicious prosector and university officials who have directed this travesty.

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roymercerJan. 7, 13 3:14 PM

MSU has now managed to throw two accomplished coaches under the bus. What the hell are they thinking?

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hawks88Jan. 7, 13 3:29 PM

This is exactly why my wife no longer sends money to MSU. They are so full of themselves that they can't see what's right or wrong. This situation is way wrong, but yet the eyes of academia are fully closed...again. What a bunch of yahoos!

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be123456Jan. 7, 13 3:31 PM

@andymann - The county attorney cannot be fired; it is an elected position. He can be turned in to the Lawyers Board of Responsibility and a formal complaint made that way. Let's hope the voters remember his role and vote him out of office. But in order to vote him out of office, there needs to be an opponent willing to take him on in an election.

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djkj64Jan. 7, 13 3:50 PM

I'm a Mankato State Alum, and ashamed to admit so...

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tennysonJan. 7, 13 4:01 PM

From day one, it stank. The county attorney needs to be voted out, and the university needs to provide proof it suspends everyone who uses a cell phone for personal moment. What our family can not understand is that when the videos were found, that someone from MSU would not have gotten a statement or interview from them before feeling the responsibility to turn everything over to DA. Sure would have made it easier for everyone to keep the matter private until it was determined to be a chargeable offense. And his statement would have mattered. The problem most people forget is that Hoffner most likely can not ever get his job back, because if he were ever to forget and leave another video or picture on a cell phone, the university could be subject to a lawsuit from parties affected by video or pictures.

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