- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 15, 2001

The news from South Bend, Ind., surprised University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen.
Mr. Friedgen's friend and former employer George O'Leary resigned as University of Notre Dame football coach five days after accepting the job, when it was discovered that he had lied about his academic and athletic achievements on his resume. The discrepancies were uncovered by a New Hampshire newspaper that reported Mr. O'Leary had not earned even one letter in football never mind three, as the resume claimed. Later, it became clear Mr. O'Leary hadn't earned a master's degree from New York University, as he also had claimed.
"He is one of the most honest people I have ever met and the friend who I would trust more than any other in my life," Mr. Friedgen said in a statement yesterday. "He may have made a mistake early on in his career, but that is certainly not the way that he leads his life."
Mr. O'Leary and Mr. Friedgen have been close since they joined Bobby Ross' Georgia Tech staff in 1987. They were coordinators on the 1990 National Championship team at Georgia Tech and worked together for two seasons (1992 and 1993) under Mr. Ross with the NFL's San Diego Chargers.
Mr. Friedgen, who spent four seasons as Mr. O'Leary's offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech before coming to Maryland, was shocked at his friend's sudden resignation.
But it didn't alter his opinion of Mr. O'Leary's character.
"During my association with George O'Leary which has been over the course of the last 15 years I would characterize his integrity as unquestionable," he said.


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