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MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) – Todd Hoffner is free after being cleared of criminal charges when he used his school-issued cell phone to record his children dancing naked.

But now, the Minnesota State University, Mankato head football coach waits to find out if he will get to keep his coaching job.

The school has said Hoffner will be suspended 20 days without pay, and could end up being reassigned and not coaching the team.

John Harrington says he fears the worst.

“After all the work you do, and then to be taken away from your team, it has to just be a tremendous stress on you,” Harrington said.

Harrington said he assumed that when Hoffner was exonerated by the courts, the coach would be given his job back.

“So I’m kind of in shock,” Harrington said.

School spokesman Dan Benson said they cannot confirm or deny at this point whether Hoffner will be able to keep his job, or be reassigned.

The union representing Hoffner is planning to fight the suspension.

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