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WCCO Goes 1-On-1 With Football Coach Todd Hoffner

It’s been one of the most compelling stories in college sports over the last two years, and it’s all unfolded about an hour south of the Twin Cities. Minnesota State University, Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner has seen it all over the last 20 months.

06/16/2014

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Donors Turn Out For Blood Drive Honoring Kolstad

The family of critically injured former Minnesota State, Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad is urging blood donations in his honor. The Free Press of Mankato reports dozens came to the Mankato National Guard Armory Tuesday for the first day of a three-day blood drive to honor Kolstad.

06/10/2014

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Former Mankato Football Player Improving, Still In A Coma

A former Minnesota State University, Mankato, football player badly injured in an alleged assault earlier this month continues to show signs of improvement but remains in a coma, according to his CaringBridge page.

05/29/2014

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Former MSU-Mankato Football Player Breathing On His Own

There is some good news to report about the former MSU-Mankato football player who was assaulted two weeks ago. The CaringBridge site for Isaac Kolstad said that he was taken off life support and was breathing on his own.

05/25/2014

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Benefit Held For Mankato Football Player Critical After Assault

A benefit is planned for the former Mankato football player nearly beaten to death almost two weeks ago. Isaac Kolstad remains in critical condition after allegedly being assaulted by two men. One of them is said to be former gopher quarterback Philip Nelson, the other, Trevor Shelley.

05/22/2014

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Isaac Kolstad Still Critical After Surgeries

The former Mankato football player who was allegedly assaulted by two men last weekend successfully underwent another surgery Friday morning, according to his CaringBridge page. Issac Kolstad, who used to play football for Minnesota State University, Mankato, is still in critical condition. He will not undergo any other procedures or surgeries for the next couple days, according to his brother Blaine Kolstad.

05/17/2014

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Mankato Assault Victim Still In Critical Condition

A former Minnesota State University, Mankato, football player is still in critical condition at a hospital after being badly beaten last weekend shortly after bar close. According to his CaringBridge page, Isaac Kolstad had another surgery Thursday afternoon. It went well, according to his family’s post on the page.

05/16/2014

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Former Gophers QB Charged With 1st-Degree, 3rd-Degree Assault

Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has been charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault in an incident that left a former Minnesota State linebacker fighting for his life.

05/12/2014

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Former Gophers QB Arrested For Assault In Mankato

Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning in Mankato, Minn. for an alleged assault, according to authorities.

05/11/2014

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Police ID Man Killed Outside Minnesota Ballroom

Mankato police have released the name of a Nebraska man shot to death outside an entertainment center over the weekend.

04/22/2014

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Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato Coach Returning To Job

The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato said Tuesday he will return to his old job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn’t easy but that it would help him and his family heal.

04/15/2014

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Uncertainty For Football Teams After Coach Ruling

A cloud of uncertainty hung over two university football programs Friday as they awaited word on whether Todd Hoffner will reclaim the head coaching job he was fired from at Minnesota State University, Mankato, or keep his new post at Minot State.

04/11/2014

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Arbitrator: Mankato University Wrong To Fire Coach

An arbitrator has found that Minnesota State University, Mankato, had no grounds to fire head football coach Todd Hoffner last May and has ordered that the university immediately reinstate him, an attorney for the coach confirmed Thursday.

04/10/2014

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UND Football Coach Mussman Fired

The University of North Dakota has fired head football coach Chris Mussman after a 3-8 season, including a 2-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. UND athletic director Brian Faison says the two met Monday and Mussman was relieved of his duties immediately. Mussman coached six seasons with UND and had an overall 31-34 record. He joined the coaching staff as the offensive line coach in 1999, became offensive coordinator in 2001 and took over as the head coach prior to the 2008 season.

11/18/2013

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Former MSU Coach Speaks Out After Child Porn Charges

A former head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is speaking out after he was cleared of child pornography charges, but fired from his job. In an interview airing on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Sunday morning, former coach Todd Hoffner says a simple mistake turned his life upside down, and he wants to return to football coaching.

05/25/2013

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