Minnesota State-Mankato players boycott practice

Minnesota State-Mankato players boycott practice

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

On Tuesday it was announced that, 11 months after being fired, Todd Hoffner would return as coach at Minnesota State-Mankato. On Wednesday Minnesota State-Mankato's players boycotted practice.

According to the USA Today, Hoffner showed up to practice with athletic director Kevin Buisman on Wednesday where the two men were informed by several dozen players that the players were boycotting practice. Junior defensive back Samuel Thompson read a prepared statement from the players, who want interim coach Aaron Keen to continue on in the role.

"Throughout this process, our voice has been silenced," read Thompson. "It's time our voice was heard. We want information, we want answers, because this is our team. As a unit we have decided not to practice because of the changeup in the coaching situation."

Hoffner was suspended by the school in 2012 and was arrested four days later on felony child pornography charges due to naked videos of his children that were found on his school-issued cell phone. The charges against Hoffner were dismissed in November 2012, and though he returned to the school in an administrative role, he was fired in May 2013. Last week an arbitrator ruled that Hoffner had been wrongly fired and must be reinstated if he wanted his old job back.

Hoffner had been coaching at Minot State since January, but announced Tuesday that he'd be returning to Mankato.

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