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Coach Leaving Minot State

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The new head football coach at Minot State University is heading back to Minnesota.

Todd Hoffner announced this afternoon he would return to his coaching duties at Minnesota State-Mankato, effective tomorrow.

Hoffner had been fired from Mankato last year and was hired by Minot State in January.

But an arbitrator ruled last week he was improperly let go and should be reinstated.

That led to today's drama - with the question being: would Hoffner stay on at his new job or return to Mankato?

He ended the mystery quickly, making his announcement at the start of the press conference in Minneapolis.

He says he had been hoping he'd be able to get back to his team in Minnesota.

(Todd Hoffner, Former MSU Football Coach) "It was very difficult but once again, the process and the length of the process and how long it took to render a decision were out of my hands. But from day one I wanted my job back and an arbitrator ruled I should go back to work and that's what I intend to do."

What does it mean to Minot State's football program?

Mike Elm takes a look at that in sports, later.

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