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January 24, 2014

Todd Hoffner a finalist for Minot job

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State University has named three finalists for the school's head football coach opening, including Todd Hoffner, former head football coach at Minnesota State University.

The other finalists are Wayne State defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich and Wisconsin-Stevens Point offensive coordinator Aaron Vlcko.

Hoffner filed a grievance against MSU after being fired, and the results of the arbitration are expected in mid-February, according to the Bureau of Mediation Services.

In 2012 Hoffner was charged with producing child pornography but the charges were dismissed.

More than 100 people applied for the Minot State opening.

"We had a large pool, but more importantly, we had some real depth, some quality applicants," Beavers athletic director Randy Hedberg said. "These three finalists all have extensive DII (NCAA Division II) experience and extensive NSIC experience. I felt this was important in our search."

Vlcko is scheduled to interview Saturday, while Hoffner will be on campus Monday and Aldrich on Tuesday.

The school hopes to have a new coach in place by the end of the month.

The new coach will replace Paul Rudolph, who resigned Jan. 2 after seven seasons to become the offensive coordinator at the University of North Dakota.

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