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This Never Should Have Happened

Apr 17, 2014 -- 5:29am

     The title of this blog really could mean 2 things...The Spectacle that happened yesterday on the MSU Football field should have never happened and for that matter the entire thing going back 2 years should have never happened. I was aware thru social media that the players were not happy and an opportunity to meet the team in private and talk before it ever got outside was missed.  Who should have called for the meeting?....just about anyone could have seen this was coming...you have a group of 18-22 year old young men who really have taken ownership of this program the last 2 years and they feel that their part of the program has completely been ignored.  One Tweet that was retweeted over and over again was...The # MAvFam just reminded the world that athletes are players, not property.

      I assume that calmer heads will prevail and after meetings today and into the future the team WILL end up practicing and playing football.  The odds of a group staying together and speaking as one for a long period isn't good.  The University certainly CAN'T replace Todd Hoffner with Aaron Keen...that has already been decided in court. Keen has at least publicly done the right thing in saying that Hoffner is the Head Coach and that he is happy to be his assistant.

      The thing that occurs to everyone who looks at this sad story is this: NO ONE HAS  COME OUT FOR THE BETTER ON THIS STORY. Not Todd Hoffner...Not Aaron Keen...not Kevin Buisman...Not Richard Davenport...not the School...not the students of the university...not the alumni...not the City Of Mankato and certainly not the players. There are no winners.

      There is an element who want to say to the players...turn in your scholarships and go home....I understand that...but a couple things need to be remembered...they are young...they are hurt...and they believe that they should have a say in the program.  I think there is reason to be proud of the players in one aspect and feel very bad for what they have done in another.  The reason for pride is: You want young adults to take an ownership in what they do and in the groups that they are involved...you raise them hoping that they will have a feeling of "This is ours" because We know that people tend to do better when they feel that they are part of something.  You feel bad for what they have done because: They have hurt Todd Hoffner...themselves and the program that they love.

      I will say it again....someone missed an opportunity to cut this off at the pass. 

      See You On The Radio! Dan

The Saga Continues

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:46am

     As was expected MSU Mankato Football Coach Todd Hoffner DID decide to continue as Coach in Mankato after an  arbitrators ruling last week.  Hoffner said it came down to wanting the situation that he had BEFORE the arrrest and later firing.  Hoffner will be on campus today and resume his coaching career this afternoon as the teams' spring football season continues.  Players went to social media after the announcement and feelings were raw on every side of the issue.  I do not envy the coach and the job that he has in front of him...but I think you have to respect his absolute RIGHT to retake his job.  Hoffner will be IN STUDIO this morning on KTOE at 7:40 on Chit and Chat.

    See You On The Radio! Dan

Human Drama

Apr 15, 2014 -- 5:26am

     The Todd Hoffner/MSU Mankato story will become even more interesting today when Hoffner has a press conference to announce where he will coach football this fall.  Hoffner was fired by the University last May and won an arbitrators ruling to get his job back last week.  In the interim Hoffner was hired as Football Coach at Minot St in North Dakota.  If he stays at Minot...Minnesota State is responsible for the difference in his salary from his old job to his new job.  

     The arbitrator did something that I didn't think would happen...Put Hoffner back in as the Head Coach here in Mankato. That isn't to say that I didn't think he would win...I assumed that if he won...the ruling would mean MSU Mankato had to pay his contract in full and he could be on his way.  What this means is: He is the Head Football Coach AT BOTH SCHOOLS...and the Schools will play against each other in the 3rd week of the season in September.

     The decision for Hoffner is as complicated as it can get...Honor the contract that you just signed in Minot N.D. and try to build a football program at the small University with a poor history of football...BUT where the people at the School gave you a chance when no one else was willing to do so...OR: Come back to a job that you were thrilled to be at until the story unfolded...BUT were ultimately FIRED FROM without cause.

     Hoffner has a family that would have to move if he goes to Minot...and a house to sell...and his wife Melody has a job here that it is assumed she enjoys.  The best thing for those of us in the media would be for Hoffner to come back and coach here in Mankato....it would make for GREAT HUMAN DRAMA FOR ALL TO SEE. The problem with that is:  these are REAL PEOPLE...not actors on a TV show...this is REALITY.  Not like the fake reality shows that you see on TV.  My hope is that the Hoffners will make the decision on what to do based solely on WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN.  THE THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT THAT IS :ONLY THE HOFFNERS CAN MAKE THAT DECISION. 

     The Press Conference is set for 3:00 p.m. today in Minneapolis and KTOE's John Harrington will be there.

     See You On The Radio! Dan

Don is gone tomorrow

Apr 02, 2014 -- 5:47am

     The Morning Blend has been back together for 3 days this week and now Don is heading to Vegas tomorrow.  That means that I will be in "The Big Chair" tomorrow and  Friday of this week...and Monday thru Wednesday of next week.  Which means NO SLEEP FOR DAN.  I am not sure people really  understand what Don has been doing for the last 34 years...he gets up every weekday morning around 2:00 a.m. to be at the KTOE Studios by 3:00 a.m.  If you are getting out of bed at 2:00 a.m. You really need to be in bed by 6:00 p.m. for an 8 hour night.  That will not be my schedule for the next couple days. My job at the school keeps me too busy to be in bed by six....my goal will be to be in bed by 9:00 p.m....get up at 2:30 and be at the station by 3:00 p.m.  We will see how that works.

     See You On The Radio! Dan 

The Bear Is Back and I am Blogging

Mar 31, 2014 -- 5:39am

     When Barry is gone I take over in the Sports Department.  That means I have to come up with and produce the 7:17 a.m....8:31 a.m. and 9:31 a.m. Two and a half mine Sportscasts with sound.  That sounds like 7 and a half minutes of work...but it's way more.  There is also a Sportcast for THE FAN and Radio Mankato Stations...each a minute long..so 9 and a half minutes? Well not exactly...Monday...Thursday and Friday Sully was gone as well...so that means you also do the 10:30...11:30 and 12:24 plus the afternoon Sportscasts on The Fan..thats another 11 and a half minutes to record. Total it up and it's 21 and a half minutes to record.  Now if you just did it once and "nailed it" you could do it in maybe a half hour...but you need to remember when we say 2 and a half minutes...that means EXACTLY 2 and a half minutes...not 2 minutes and 31 seconds and not 2 minutes and 29 seconds. I am not saying this is back breaking work or anything like that...it's part of the deal and I enjoy it.

     All I am trying to say is...Barry is back and I now have time to BLOG.

     See You On The Radio! Dan

The Trophy and the TV Guys

Mar 24, 2014 -- 6:31am

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