April 19, 2014

Hughes Accepts Position at MISU

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today confirmed that recently hired head football coach Tyler Hughes has resigned his position effective immediately.

On Saturday, Hughes informed Southern Virginia that he had accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at NCAA Division II Minot State University, where he will replace Todd Hoffner, who resigned his position at MISU last Tuesday, April 15, just 75 days after being named the Beavers' head football coach. Hoffner stepped down from Minot State to return to his former post as head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato after an arbitrator ruled that the university had wrongfully terminated him last May.

Hoffner's return to Minnesota State, Mankato is the latest chapter in a 20-month long saga that became a national news story in April 2012 when Hoffner was arrested for child pornography charges stemming from images of his children found on a work-issued cellphone. Hoffner was later cleared of all charges, but ultimately released by Minnesota State, Mankato last May. In January 2014, Hoffner became the head coach at Minot State, despite his ongoing arbitration regarding his release from Minnesota State, Mankato. For more information, watch this Outside the Lines report on ESPN.com.

"We understand that these were unique circumstances and that this was a difficult decision for Tyler and his family," said Southern Virginia's Director of Athletics Jason Lamb. "When Minot State unexpectedly lost their football coach last week, they were under a lot of pressure to find a replacement this late in the spring and subsequently made Coach Hughes an offer he couldn't refuse. We are sad to lose Coach Hughes, but wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Hughes was named Southern Virginia's head coach on March 17 following the university's most successful football season to date in which the Knights finished 8-2 following a six-game winning streak to close out the season.

"I would like to thank the Southern Virginia University administration for hiring me as the head football coach last month," Hughes said. "After much consultation with my wife and former colleagues, I have decided it was best for me and my family to pursue this opportunity. The past four weeks at Southern Virginia have been great as the people here are second-to-none. This was certainly a very difficult decision to make, but I could not pass up this opening at Minot State."