Dressed in street clothes and MSU football apparel, the bulk of the Mavericks football team made a public announcement in showing support of former acting head coach Aaron Keen and announced that they would not practice today — the first practice since the return of head coach Todd Hoffner.
In a statement read aloud by junior safety Sam Thompson, the team spoke: “As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato.”
Thompson continued: “We’ve all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner. Throughout this process, we have been silent, it is time our voice is heard.”
“We want information, we want answers, because this is our team. As a unit we have decided not to practice, because of the change-up in the coaching situation.”
The last line from the statement made the player’s intention clear as Thompson read aloud: “We want Aaron Keen as the head coach,” as the rebelled players stormed off the field.
Only three players showed up in regular practice clothing, freshmen Kyle Schuh and Luke Wendricks, and junior Kaleb Wendricks.
Hoffner and the mutinied members of the team declined to comment after the statement.