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Minnesota State Players to Unite Behind Hoffner

Created: 04/17/2014 3:22 PM KAALtv.com

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota State football player says the team is now going to unite behind reinstated coach Todd Hoffner.

A day after refusing to practice with Hoffner, the players met for nearly two hours Thursday morning with the coaching staff.

Afterward, senior tight end Darius Clare told KEYC-TV (http://bit.ly/QhtJE0 ), "We're going to move forward with Todd Hoffner as head coach."

The football program plans a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Hoffner returned to campus Wednesday for the first time since an arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him.

Mavericks players came out for spring practice that afternoon but were not in uniform. They read a statement saying they wanted interim coach Aaron Keen to remain as head coach.

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Information from: KEYC-TV, http://www.keyc.tv

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4/17/2014 2:31:50 PM (GMT -5:00)