Mankato, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- MSU-Mankato football players refused to practice on Wednesday afternoon just one day after head coach Todd Hoffner was reinstated with that program after a nearly two-year absence, that according to our news partners at KARE-TV.
Hoffner was removed from his head coaching job in 2012 after prosecutors dropped felony child pornography charges stemming from photos of his children found on his school-issued cellphone, but an arbitrator ruled last week he was wrongly terminated and could return to his old job if he wanted.
The players, though, said on Wednesday that they don't want him back.
"As a united we have decided not to practice because of the coaching situation," junior defensive back Samuel Thompson read in a prepared statement. "Again, we want Aaron Keen as head coach."
Keen was the interim head coach in Hoffner's absence and was prepared to resume his role as assistant coach. Hoffner told KARE-TV after the players' statement that he had no comment on the situation.
MSU-Mankato plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) along with the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and was one of just two teams to beat the Bulldogs in 2013.