Top 5 Liars in College Football History -- A List Dedicated to Bobby Petrino
Fired and liars rhyme. Just sayin'.
This week, Bobby Petrino, a married father of four, was canned from his gig as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Hair Balls previously rapped about, Petrino was let go for lying about his motorcycle accident, his extramarital affair with a fellow employee and for not coming clean when he had the chance to.
How does Petrino's charade rank amongst his fellow fibbers?
5. Tom Williams, Yale Before last season's Harvard-Yale game, Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt had to choose between a Rhodes scholarship interview in Atlanta and playing one final time against rival Harvard. Witt went with the latter, partially based on the advice of head coach Tom Williams, who said he, too, was a Rhodes Scholar candidate at Stanford. Turns out that wasn't true. Additionally, Williams's claim of practicing with the San Francisco 49ers also turned out to be poppycock. By the way, Harvard obliterated Yale 45-7 and Williams resigned in December.4. George O'Leary, Notre Dame
In 2001, the longtime Georgia Tech coach scored his dream job for...five whole days. The résumé padder, after signing on with Notre Dame, was exposed for a fib he had started 29 years earlier about playing varsity football at the University of New Hampshire and completing postgraduate work from the nonexistent NYU-Stony Brook University. Since 2004, he's been with the University of Central Florida -- not exactly the same as South Bend.3. Mike Price, Alabama
In December 2002, the ex-Washington State head coach was hired to take over the lucrative Alabama Crimson Tide program that Dennis Franchione had run into the ground. In May 2003, before ever coaching a game, Price was out of Tuscaloosa after news reports surfaced of him having a good ol' time at a Pensacola, Florida, strip club. The lie in this case occurred during Price's job interview with the University of Alabama about being a stand-up guy (though he probably was avery
stand-up guy at the strip joint). Since the 2004 season, he's been at UTEP -- not exactly the same as Tuscaloosa.
2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State Former Ohio State head coach Tressel was knocked from his wildly successful perch after the NCAA called him out for lying -- Tressel later admitted that he hadn't told the truth -- regarding his knowledge of the tattoo-gate scandal that involved multiple Buckeye players trading championship rings and other merch for permanent ink. For a snippet of time, it looked as if Tressel, the third-winningest coach in school history behind Woody Hayes and John Cooper, would keep his job, but then Sports Illustrated unearthed more dirty laundry from the controversy. In December, the NCAA put the smackdown on OSU, banning the school from postseason play in 2012. The organization also instituted a five-year "show-cause" penalty on Tressel, which means that any school wishing to hire the 59-year-old may be subject to new sanctions -- it's basically the death penalty for a coach.
1. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas According to an Associated Press report, Petrino and his mistress Jessica Dorrell exchanged more than 4,300 texts and close to 300 phone chit-chats over the past seven months. Petrino also gave $20,000 of his own loot to Dorrell. Man, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long didn't have any other choice but to fire the cat, did he?
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