buh-bye ============================== Irish shocker: O'Leary out at Notre Dame December 14, 2001 Bob Hille and Tom Dienhart The Sporting News Notre Dame this morning confirmed a Sporting News Radio report that George O'Leary is out as football coach. O'Leary, hired last Sunday to head one of college football's most storied programs, resigned a day after making news for reported inaccuracies in his personal biography that has appeared in the football media guide at Georgia Tech, where O'Leary had been the head coach for eight seasons. "I have accepted the resignation of George O'Leary as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame," Irish athletic director Kevin White said in a statement. "George has acknowledged inaccuracies in his biographical materials, including his academic background. I understand that these inaccuracies represent a very human failing; nonetheless, they constitute a breach of trust that makes it impossible for us to go forward with our relationship." White said the search for a new coach would start immediately. O'Leary apparently left the South Bend, Ind., campus Thursday night. His biography states that he earned three letters while playing football at the University of New Hampshire, but O'Leary attended New Hampshire only two years, 1967 and 1968, and never played in a game. Notre Dame included the erroneous information in the news release announcing O'Leary's hiring. John Heisler, Notre Dame's associate athletics director, said Thursday that O'Leary told him he was unaware of the error, which dates to the 1987 Georgia Tech media guide. But a document obtained by The Union Leader of Manchester, N.H., indicates O'Leary listed the information when hired as an assistant coach at Syracuse in 1980. According to the school's sports information department, coaches and athletes personally filled out the biographical forms. The newspaper reported Friday that O'Leary's documents lists "Univ. of New Hampshire _ 3 yr. lettered" as part of his athletic background. "Due to a selfish and thoughtless act many years ago, I have personally embarrassed Notre Dame, its alumni and fans," O'Leary said in a statement. "The integrity and credibility of Notre Dame is impeccable and with that in mind, I will resign my position as head football coach effective December 13, 2000." So the Irish's search for a replacement for Bob Davie will continue. Others rumored for the job before O'Leary was tabbed were Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin. Earlier in the search process, Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, San Francisco 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops withdrew from consideration. Davie went 35-25 in five years as Irish coach, posting a losing record in two of the previous three years and failing to win a bowl during his tenure. The Irish haven't finished in the top 10 since 1993 and haven't won a national championship since 1988.