- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot State University has named Tyler Hughes as head football coach.

The school says Hughes, who is currently the head coach at Southern Virginia University, accepted the offer Saturday afternoon.

MSU said in a statement that it will formally introduce Hughes during a press conference as soon as all paperwork has been finalized.

Hughes was named coach just days after newly hired coach Todd Hoffner decided to return to his old job in Minnesota.

MSU hired Hoffner in late January. He decided to return to Minnesota State, Mankato, last week. An arbitrator recently ruled that Hoffner had been wrongly fired from the Minnesota school about a year ago after charges were dismissed in an unfounded child pornography case.

MSU said in a statement that Hughes was hired at Southern Virginia in March after spending a year at Ohio State University as an assistant coach under Urban Meyer. He performed advance scouting, film analysis and data analytics for the Buckeyes, helping Ohio State to a 12-2 record.

Before Ohio State, Hughes was 20-4 in two seasons, including an 11-1 record in 2012, as head football coach at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

He was named the 2012 Western States Football League Coach of the Year in 2012.

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