Mankato State University alumni, let’s unite. I’m an alumnus of Minnesota State University Mankato, class of 1955, and like you, I’ve been reading about the case of Todd Hoffner, the head football coach who has been acquitted of all charges involving child pornography.
Hoffner’s reputation as a husband, father and football coach has been damaged by these unnecessary charges, relating to 102 seconds of videoing his own children doing playful things in his home.
All the while he and his family are going through this agony, the football team that he recruited and was coaching was cruising to a possible national NCAA Division II national championship until losing last week to Valdosta State of Valdosta, Ga. Hoffner is not able to step foot on the campus, because our university keeps him on paid administrative leave.
He hopes to get his head football-coaching job back, but our university administration is holding off pending an internal investigation.
Wouldn’t you think that internal investigation would have been completed by now?
In the words of one of our alumni, wouldn’t it have been best if the university president had just issued a statement welcoming Hoffner back with open arms and announcing he will continue to coach the football team he recruited?
Instead, we hear there will be an internal investigation, suggesting something else is amiss, or is there. That’s it. No other comment on how long the internal probe will last.
Hoffner should not have to go through any more misery, due to a county attorney who for whatever reason made Hoffner go through what all of us suspected were unfounded charges.
So, I for one, first will write Hoffner a note, expressing my concern over what he had to endure.
Then, I will write to university President Richard Davenport and ask him to see that this successful coach and loving father is reinstated as soon as possible.
Hoffner and his family have suffered enough and deserve better treatment from his university, now being acclaimed for its successful football team seeking national honors.
Todd Hoffner has suffered enough. Join me in writing the president on behalf of all MSU alumni. His email address is: Richard.Davenport@mnsu.edu.
Don Heinzman is an editorial writer and columnist for ECM/Sun Newspapers.