Todd Hoffner, MSU-Mankato football coach, arrested for 'use of minors in a sex performance'
Hoffner during better times (left), and being booked into jail yesterday (right).
Todd Hoffner is an accomplished football coach whose side interests including spending time with his wife and three kids, and, allegedly, possessing and possibly being involved in the production of child porn.
Hoffner, head football coach at MSU-Mankato since 2008, was arrested by Blue Earth County Deputies and hauled to jail around noon yesterday. He has not yet been formally charged, but the Star Tribune reports he was being held on suspicion of "use of minors in a sexual performance" and possessing child pornography.
Things started to smell fishy last Friday, when Hoffner, 46, was escorted off the field during practice. He was quickly placed on paid administrative leave. When reporters went to his house over the weekend to ask him about what's going on, he refused to comment, but the mystery was resolved yesterday.
Hoffner, by all accounts, has done a good job turning around MSU's football program. From ESPN:
He led the team to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, and a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in 2011.
He has a 34-13 record at Minnesota State, Mankato, and was named NSIC coach of the year in 2009. He was previously the offensive coordinator at the University of South Dakota.
Hoffner has a salary of about $101,000 and remains on leave. Offensive coordinator Aaron Keen is running the team in the coach's absence.
Thus far, few details about the specifics of the allegations against Hoffner have emerged. We'll fill you in if/when charges are filed.
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