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Head coach Hoffner decides to return to MSU-Mankato football and leave Minot State

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MINNEAPOLIS - Todd Hoffner has decided to return to Minnesota State-Mankato to be the head football coach after a recent arbitrator ruling, leaving the Minot State head spot after a few months.

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Hoffner made the announcement this afternoon. Hoffner was hired as head football coach at Minot State last January.

"We understand this is a tough situation for Todd and his family and we also understand you have to do what is best for your family, not just yourself," said Minot State athletic director Rick Hedberg in a news release.

Minnesota State-Mankato fired Hoffner last May. His dismissal came after he had been accused, and later cleared, of having pornographic images of his own children on a work cell phone.

Last week, an arbitrator ruled Hoffner was unfairly fired and ordered the school to reinstate him with back pay.

"During the process we knew that Todd had an ongoing grievance with Minnesota State (Mankato) and we knew that there was a possibility he would be offered his job back," Hedberg said of Hoffner. "He assured us that he was committed to Minot State and to starting new, and that we would be the school that not only gave him a second chance to start over, but in his long-term plans. It's unfortunate that didn't turn out."

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