These are hard times at Chicago State University. The school came under fire after a state audit showed the university was spending public funds on cruises, theater tickets, and alcohol. The president of the university, Elnora Daniel, stepped down amidst these charges.
Now the athletic department has its own share of problems. The men’s and women’s tennis coaches were fired, and the athletic director was given the boot. The cherry on top for CSU’s athletic troubles come from the baseball field.
Chicago St. fired baseball coach Husain Mahmoud after finding out he flubbed some of the details of his background. On his resume Mahmoud claimed he was:
A 30th-round draft pick for the Cincinnati Reds. A college football and baseball star who held a collegiate punting record. A professional football player with the Chicago Fire of the now-defunct World Football League who had also been a league-leading quarterback in the Continental Football League.
As it turns out the man that led CSU baseball to a 8-42 record isn’t half the man he claims to be. Mahmoud says time and mistakes by Chicago State University are to blame for the historical inaccuracies.
“It’s been 30-some years ago since most of this stuff,” said Mahmoud, formerly known as Hallie Buckner. “I may not have been exactly correct on some of the leagues and different things like that because it’s been so long ago.”
It’s possible to mix up a name or two after 30 years, but records don’t back up Mahmoud’s stories in any fashion.
He acknowledges he wasn’t drafted but had a free-agent try-out for the Reds in 1971. Although his biography indicates he graduated in 1975 from Central State, he actually finished 10 years later. Mahmoud called the mistake a “typo.”
Central State University officials could not confirm his claims that he averaged 44.7 yards per punt in 1971, as his bio claims, or that he still holds the school punting record.
His biography claims he played with the Indianapolis Capitals of the CFL for five years, leading the league in passing in 1977 and 1978. But the CFL folded in 1969.
Lying got Husain Mahmoud the job, but it cost him the position and whatever reputation he had. In the future, if you’re going to lie to a new employer make sure it’s not something they can check with a few clicks of a mouse.
Update (7/7/08 2:20 pm ET): Tuffy here. If this story seems familiar, it should. We spotted the original word on this matter by Sarah of BABES LOVE BASEBALL last month and mentioned it here. Michael David Smith of FANHOUSE spotted the same repetition and contacted the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reporter; the reporter’s reply is here.