After serving from 1997 to '99 as an assistant on the New York Jets staff, Belichick was expected to succeed then head coach Bill Parcells. Once Parcells resigned in 1999, Belichick gave his surprise resignation five minutes before a news conference set to announce his hiring. The Patriots later hired Belichick, surrendering a first-round draft pick to New York because he was still under contract.
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O'Leary bolted from Georgia Tech to Notre Dame in 2001 after compiling an impressive 52-33 record over eight seasons. But days after his hiring, investigations found that O'Leary fudged academic and athletic facts on his resume. He claimed he earned a master's degree at NYU, which he never finished, and that he lettered for three years as a fullback at the University of New Hampshire, where he never played a down. O'Leary admitted the fabrication and resigned as head coach five days after his hiring.
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After winning a second straight NCAA Basketball championship in 2007 with the Florida Gators, Billy Donovan had vocalized that he wanted to extend his contract in Gainesville. That promise didn't last long, as he accepted the head coaching job of the Orlando Magic on June 1, 2007. But only a day later, Donovan had serious second thoughts about making the jump from college to the pros. He worked out a deal with the Magic and resigned from his contract, returned to Florida, and in turn promised Orlando he would not coach in the NBA for five years as compensation.
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Just over two weeks after accepting the head football coaching position at Pittsburgh, Mike Haywood was arrested on felony domestic violence charges, on Dec. 31, 2010. Only hours following Haywood's release on bond, Pittsburgh released a statement that he would be dismissed. The former head coach has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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After announcing in 2007 that he would jolt Creighton for Arkansas, Altman cited family reasons and returned a day later.
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Bobby Cremins defined Georgia Tech basketball after he took over a program in 1981 that only had won four games the year before. Four years later the Yellow Jackets made the Elite Eight and in 1990 advanced to the Final Four. But many forget that in 1993 the beloved coach almost left for his alma mater, South Carolina. Cremins had a change of heart the next day and returned to Georgia Tech.
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After Backman's promotion on Nov. 1, 2004, from the Arizona Diamondbacks Single-A affiliate to manager of the major league team, media reports a day later claimed Backman had legal, financial and DUI trouble in the past. The D'Backs fired Backman four days later, claiming he did not disclose such information.
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After Vanderbilt hired Collen to coach its women's basketball team in 2001, a report came out that his biography on the Colorado State website stated he had two master's degrees from Miami of Ohio, when it was originally thought that he only had one. Collen was forced to quit on the terms that he allegedly falsified his resume. But a month later, his alma mater, Miami of Ohio, called the confusion a clerical error and confirmed that Collen earned two degrees. Regardless, Vanderbilt had already hired a new coach and Collen was jobless before coaching a game.
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After 20 seasons of coaching, 15 with Utah, Rick Majerus put his health before his next "dream job" of coaching the USC men's basketball team in 2004. Five days after seeming ecstatic in a press conference, Majerus came to his senses and realized his health could not endure a full season. He resigned before coaching a game because he felt he was doing the USC program injustice.
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The USFL had a short tenure from 1983 to `87. Then University of Miami head football coach Howard Schnellenberger was set to coach the Miami Federals in 1987 before the league announced it would switch its spring schedule to the fall to compete with the NFL. Schnellenberger rescinded his decision, claiming, ""I have concluded my coaching future is not in the USFL. My future is in football."
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Tim Welsh recorded a gaudy .18 blood alcohol level the morning of May 3, 2010, when he was arrested for drunken driving in Long Island, N.Y. He had been hired just over a month earlier and was subsequently suspended the day the reports surfaced. Welsh resigned as the short-lived head coach of Hofstra three days after the arrest.
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