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Following ruling, Hoffner returns to Minnesota State


Todd Hoffner is returning to Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Hoffner made the announcement at a 3 p.m. press conference in Minneapolis Tuesday.

"I intend to resume my duties tomorrow at Minnesota State University-Mankato," said Hoffner.

According to the Mankato Free Press, Hoffner added that he is not interested in revenge and is not a spiteful person.

Shortly after Hoffner's decision, Minnesota State issued a statement.

“We have learned that Mr. Hoffner intends to return to Minnesota State Mankato tomorrow and we welcome him back to his position as head football coach. This has been a difficult journey for all involved.“We extend our apologies to Mr. Hoffner and deeply regret the difficulties he and his family have experienced this past year and a half. It is our sincere hope that all concerned can now find ways to move forward for the sake of the Hoffner family, student athletes, the university, and the community.”

In his four seasons as the head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato University, Hoffner put together a 34-13 record. The Mavericks won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship in 2011.

Hoffner was fired from his position with MSU last May, after he was cleared of child pornography charges stemming from nude images of his children being found on his school-issued cellphone.

Last week, an arbitrator ruled the university was wrong to fire him, saying the move lacked a just cause. The arbitrator also said Hoffner should be given backpay and reinstated at MSU. But in January, Hoffner accepted a job as the head football coach at Minot State University – a conference rival of Minnesota State.

Meaning he had a decision to make.

"This was not an easy decision," said Hoffner at Tuesday's news conference. "I will remain forever grateful to Minot State. Their willingness to take a chance on me will never be forgotten."

Hoffner thanked members of the community who supported him and choked back tears as he thanked his wife.

"My hope is to put this behind me as I take this step," said Hoffner. "I intend to make every effort to resume normal, working relationships."

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