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April 22, 2014

Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach


MANKATO, Minn. —

The school, however, refused to reinstate Hoffner. An internal investigation accused him of visiting pornographic websites on his school computer, allowing others to use his computer in violation of university rules, and posting a photo of a naked man or men to his school phone.

The university fired Hoffner in May of 2013 on the basis of the report. He challenged the accusations in mediation proceedings. An arbitrator recently ruled the allegations groundless, ordering the coach's reinstatement with back pay and extending his $108,000 per year contract to 2018.

Even though he had accepted the head coaching job at Minot, N.D., State University in the meantime, Hoffner decided to return to the Mankato position, saying he was a victim of overzealous reaction to the conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's conviction on multiple child sex abuse counts.

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