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The Minnesota State Mankato football team does not want head coach Todd Hoffner back on the sidelines. Players refused to take the field for spring practice yesterday after Hoffner was reinstated, calling instead for interim coach Aaron Keen to be reinstated. MSU-Mankato brought back their fired coach this week after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated after child pornography charges against him were dropped. A meeting will be held today with the players and both Hoffner and Keen.

The former second in command at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis gave sworn testimony in a deposition yesterday concerning the allegation of sexual abuse of children by priests over several decades. Father Kevin McDonough responded to questions about his involvement with the Archdiocese's handling of allegations of clergy sexual abuse while he served between 1991 and 2013. While a statement from the Archdiocese says that McDonough clarified mis-characterizations of incidents that occurred during that time and cooperated throughout a session which met the court-ordered eight-hour requirement, the attorney representing victims in several civil lawsuits says neither claim is completely accurate.  Attorney Jeff Anderson says McDonough admitted he had exaggerated the risk posed to the public by the practices used by the Archdiocese but refused to outline what instances those were, and that McDonough gave just six and half hours of testimony -- not eight. Anderson expects the Court will allow additional time to continue the deposition because the Archdiocese failed to supply all the materials ordered by the Court.

 

 

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