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December 24, 2001
George O'Leary's CV was so doctored, it's a wonder it didn't come wrapped in bandages. Last week O'Leary's tenure as Notre Dame coach ended after five days, when he admitted having lied on his r�sum�. According to his bio O'Leary had earned three letters as a football player at New Hampshire and had earned a master's degree in education at NYU. In fact he never played a down for New Hampshire, and he took only a few courses at NYU.
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December 24, 2001

Great Exaggerations

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George O'Leary's CV was so doctored, it's a wonder it didn't come wrapped in bandages. Last week O'Leary's tenure as Notre Dame coach ended after five days, when he admitted having lied on his r�sum�. According to his bio O'Leary had earned three letters as a football player at New Hampshire and had earned a master's degree in education at NYU. In fact he never played a down for New Hampshire, and he took only a few courses at NYU.

O'Leary called the misrepresentations a youthful indiscretion. "In seeking employment, I prepared a r�sum� that contained inaccuracies," he said in announcing his resignation. "These misstatements were never stricken from my r�sum�...in later years." By losing the Notre Dame job, O'Leary forfeited a chance to be part of a grand football tradition. He did, however, assume a place in the curious fraternity of sports' r�sum� padders:

Al Martin
Last May, while speaking to a reporter for The Seattle Times, the Mariners outfielder reminisces about his days as a USC safety and recalls one hard-hitting play in particular. Although Seattle's media guide does cite his football feats, follow-up shows that Martin never attended USC. Martin promises he'll provide proof of his Trojan gridiron exploits but never does.

Kerry Miller
Following a 3-27 debut season as Iowa State's volleyball coach, Miller resigns in April 1999 after the Ames Tribune reports she wasn't a triple letter-winner and an All-America at Arizona, as her bio claims. Miller did briefly attend Arizona but played only 13 matches.

Tim Johnson
While trying to pump up his players during the 1998 season, the Blue Jays' manager recounts his combat deeds in Vietnam. But when pressed for details by reporters, Johnson, a marine reservist, admits he never served in Vietnam. He also wasn't an All-America high school hoops player, as the Toronto media guide states. Before the start of the '99 season, Johnson is fired.

Jon Clark
In March 1996 Clark, the British-born coach of the U.S. men's field hockey team, admits that instead of having played 147 games for the British team that earned an Olympic bronze in 1984, as his bio states, he'd only played 15 games. Clark, who keeps his job, says he fibbed to impress his players. They respond by going winless in the Atlanta Games.

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