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MSU should not leave Hoffner hanging

December 18, 2012
The Journal

It has been a long, hard season for Minnesota State University-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner, who was pulled off the practice field in August to face charges of child pornography, and was exonerated when a District Court judge dismissed the charges last month, ruling the video he had shot on an MSU-provided cell phone of his kids dancing around naked after their bath did not rise to the level of a sexual performance.

The ruling left Hoffner relieved, and ready to try to rebuild his badly damaged reputation. But his rebuilding efforts remain on hold while MSU keeps him on paid suspension while it conducts its own investigation.

It has been a month since Hoffner's case was dismissed. We don't know what MSU could be investigating that could be taking this long. The facts of the child pornography investigation have clearly been settled, in Hoffner's favor.

We know the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky case is hanging heavily over every college and college athletic program, but it seems clear that this is not such a case.

Hoffner may be in violation of some MSU policy on use of university-provided equipment, or maybe he contacted someone he shouldn't have during his suspension, or maybe the university is just trying to make sure it's thorough in checking everything that needs to be checked.

Whatever the reason may be, a reasonable period of time for such an investigation has passed. MSU should either reinstate Hoffner or explain to the public why it won't.



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