In 1999, Blue Jays manager Tim Johnson was fired by the team in spring training of what would have been his second season. Johnson often had used stories from his time serving with the Marines in Vietnam as means of motivating his players. Turns out Johnson had trained recruits preparing to go to Vietnam but had never been there himself.
In 2001, George O’Leary (above) resigned five days after being named football coach at Notre Dame when it was learned he had never played football at the University of New Hampshire nor received a master’s degree from NYU, as his résumé stated.
O’Leary is now coach at the University of Central Florida.
In 2010, Yale football coach Tom Williams was forced to resign after he concocted a story about being a Rhodes Scholar candidate while attending Stanford. In fact, Williams never even applied. Williams was exposed after his quarterback at Yale, Patrick Witt, had to decide whether to play versus Harvard or interview with the scholarship committee. Williams said he was faced with the same predicament as an undergraduate and chose to play.
In 2013, Rutgers hired former Scarlet Knights player Eddie Jordan to be its head basketball coach. In putting together his biography, the university’s sports information office wrote that Jordan, who played at the school from 1973-77, had received his degree from the university when, in fact, he had not. Rutgers retained Jordan and he is currently taking classes to finish his degree.”