Minnesota State-Mankato players boycott coach Todd Hoffner's return

Wednesday April 16th, 2014

Minnesota State, Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner will return to his old job this week. (AP Photo/The Mankato Free Press, Jim Cross) Minnesota State-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner returned to his old job this week. (AP Photo/The Mankato Free Press, Jim Cross)

Todd Hoffner's reinstatement as Minnesota State-Mankato's head football coach has taken on a new twist. Minutes before Hoffner arrived at the practice field -- and 20 months after he was arrested on felony child pornography charges -- several dozen players announced they were boycotting practice.

USA Today's George Schroeder reports junior defensive back Samuel Thompson read a prepared statement saying the Mavericks players wanted interim coach Aaron Keen to continue in the head coaching role.

"Throughout this process, our voice has been silenced. 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."

Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman met with student-athletes of the football program Wednesday afternoon to hear their concerns. Buisman said that another meeting with the players has been scheduled for Thursday.Hoffner was reinstated to his head coaching job when an arbitrator ruled last week he was wrongly fired in May of 2013. Hoffner left a job at Minot State after three months and return to Mankato.

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