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April 15, 2014

Hoffner's return met with shock, joy

Most not sure about what future holds for MSU football

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He didn't plan on any staff changes but commended interim coach Aaron Keen on the job he did over the last two seasons. Keen, who led the team to a 24-2 record and two playoff appearances, declined comment as he was about to move his things into a different office.

Longtime Minnesota State supporter Mike Reynolds, a friend of Hoffner, said he was glad to hear that Hoffner would be returning to Minnesota State. He said he didn't buy any football tickets last season, but he was back on board for the upcoming season.

"Next to (Hoffner), I think I'm the happiest guy in town," Reynolds said. "I think this gives him some vindication for a bad situation. It might be tough for him to come back and work for people who didn't like him or didn't want him, but maybe it's possible those people won't be here for long."

The team is scheduled to practice at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the spring game will be held April 26. Reed isn't sure how the next two weeks will play out, but he said the players have talked and agreed to meet this challenge. Other players declined to comment.

"We've overcome adversity once, and we can do it again," Reed said. "I've talk with my teammates, and we'll stick together."

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