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Former MSU coach Hoffner in arbitration with university

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Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Todd Hoffner are in arbitration in an attempt to come to a settlement over the former head football coach's dismissal, the Mankato Free Press reports.

The two sides began meeting last week and met this week, and the sessions in St. Paul will continue into next week, according to Josh Tilsen, Bureau of Mediation Services commissioner, the newspaper reported. The meeting costs, split between the parties, amount to $1,800 per day plus expenses for the arbitrator alone, the newspaper reports.

The arbitration stems from Hoffner's dismissal. The university has said little about the matter since university officials asked him to leave a pre-season practice field last year, and he has never returned as head coach. At one point late last year, Hoffner was reassigned to another position with the university, but the university now says he is no longer on the payroll.

At issue has been videos of Hoffner's naked children found by school officials on his university-issued cell phone. Hoffner had always said that the videos were harmless fun. A judge ultimately agreed, clearing him in November and ruling that the videos showed nothing illegal.

But Hoffner didn't get his job back. In May, he was fired from the school. The union representing Hoffner filed a grievance.

Hoffner, speaking to ESPN at his Eagle Lake home in May, said he didn't know what police were talking about when they arrested him, and when he understood, "my heart sunk to the bottom of my shoes."

“I watched the videos and I’m like, come on,” Hoffner told ESPN. “They’re laughing; they’re singing; they’re playful; they’re having fun. I just didn’t see the magnitude of arresting somebody for that.”

Hoffner told ESPN he would like to coach again.

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