Arbitrator: MSU wrong to fire football coach Hoffner

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An arbitrator has ruled Minnesota State University, Mankato was wrong to fire football coach Todd Hoffner after he was cleared of child pornography charges after nude images of his kids were found on his school-issued cellphone.

According to the Star Tribune, Hoffner's attorney, Christopher Madel, says the ruling indicates Hoffner should be reinstated because his suspension and firing were not for just cause.

According to the Mankato Free Press, the decision to fire Hoffner came from MSU President Richard Davenport. The Free Press reports Davenport said in Hoffner's terminating letter that the coach was being fired for viewing pornography on his work computer or allowing someone else to view pornography on his computer.

The Free Press also reports university officials had accused Hoffner of bringing his young children, including a daughter, into the men's locker room on several occasions while players and a staff member were naked or disrobing.

According to the Free Press, Hoffner denied using the computer to view pornography, and Wallin found several people had access to Hoffner's computer and there was no proof he viewed it.

Wallin also ruled that even if Hoffner's children were allowed in the locker room, the incidents took place over at least three years and no one raised concerns until after Hoffner was arrested for the child pornography charges.

In January, Hoffner accepted a job as the head football coach at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Minot is a conference rival of Minnesota State.

School officials at Minnesota State were not immediately available for comment, according to the Star Tribune.

In four seasons as the head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato, Hoffner put together a 34-13 record. The Mavericks won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship in 2011. He was removed from the field during a practice in August of 2012.

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