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Union Working to Help Hoffner Get Reinstated

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MANKATO, Minn. -

After being escorted off a practice field this past summer, and then charged with two felony counts that were eventually dismissed, it is still unclear whether M-S-U will allow Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner to return to the football field.

Connie Howard with IFO says, "Now that they have been dropped we believe that they should be reinstating him and moving forward."

Connie Howard is the general counsel for the Inter Faculty Organization, the collective bargaining unit for the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system. They are working with Hoffner to help him get his job back.

Howard says, "Under the collective bargaining agreement disciplinary action can only be taken for just cause and coach Hoffner's conduct in no way creates just cause for termination."

According to Howard, Hoffner remains on paid administrative leave until December 17 or when the university makes a decision, whichever comes first.

Hoffner is in the midst of a four- year contract, which ends in the spring of 2016. If the school does decide to terminate his contract or take disciplinary action, Howard says the union is prepared to file a grievance.

Howard says, "There's a process where you go to arbitration which is sort of like a private judge that would hear the case and make a determination...until they can make a decision, all we can do is wait."

In the meantime the MSU football team advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals and will play here at Blakeslee Stadium on Saturday, Hoffner will have to cheer for the Mav's from home because under his leave, he is not allowed to attend games or contact coaches or players,

The University has declined to offer any details about the scope of the pending investigation or when they expect to have a conclusion.