Minot State names interim head football coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 9:21 am •  Published: April 16, 2014
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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State University has named an interim head football coach, after newly hired coach Todd Hoffner decided to return to his old job in Minnesota after just 75 days at the northern North Dakota school.

MSU hired Hoffner in late January. On Tuesday he decided to return to Minnesota State, Mankato. An arbitrator recently ruled that Hoffner had been wrongly fired from the Minnesota school about a year ago after charges were dismissed in an unfounded child pornography case.

Minot State defensive coordinator Byron Thomas will assume head coaching duties and lead the Beavers through the final two weeks of spring practice, the school said Tuesday night.

Thomas, a native of Palmdale, Calif., who played four seasons at the University of South Dakota, was hired in February by Hoffner, a former offensive coordinator at USD. Thomas came to Minot State after a year as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri and one season each at Texas A&M and South Florida.

Along with his defensive coordinator duties, Thomas was an integral part of Minot State's recruiting efforts over the past two months, the school said in a statement.

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