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    [size=18px]Vikings: Foley explains discrepancy in his biography[/size]

    The Vikings executive said a clerical error is responsible for the incorrect characterization of his college career.

    Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune
    Last update: April 17, 2006 – 8:00 PM


    Vikings executive Fran Foley acknowledged Monday that his media biography inaccurately characterizes his college playing career, attributing the discrepancy to a clerical error that was never corrected.

    The biography, which the Vikings distributed when they hired Foley as vice president of player personnel, states Foley played tackle at Framingham State College in Boston from 1980 to '83. But a school spokeswoman said Foley's name appeared on the roster only in 1980 and '81.

    When asked Monday, Foley said he suffered an injury in 1982 and spent the season scouting for the team. In 1983, Foley said, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Worcester (Mass.) Academy. He graduated from Framingham State, an NCAA Division III school, in 1984 with a degree in English literature, according to the school's registrar.

    "I wasn't trying to pull a fast one," Foley said. "To be perfectly honest, I didn't know how [the biography] read."

    The same information appeared in Foley's media biographies when he worked for San Diego (2003-05) and Jacksonville (1994-2002). He said he never read those biographies, and provided a copy of the résumé he submitted to the Vikings when he interviewed for the job. The résumé made no mention of his playing career.

    "Obviously, I didn't get this job because of my career at Framingham State," he said.

    Upon arriving in Minnesota, Foley said he instructed Vikings officials to make one change in the biography -- coincidentally, to the same sentence that contained the mistake about his playing career. The Vikings removed a reference to Framingham State's nickname, the Rams, because Foley said it had caused some people to believe he had played for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.

    Foley, who turns 45 today, was hired Jan. 26 and has final say over the Vikings' decisions in the April 29-30 draft.

    Young visits

    The Vikings played host Monday to former Texas quarterback Vince Young, at least the third draft-eligible quarterback to visit this month. Young, Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler and Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst all have met with team officials.

    Young and Cutler are projected to be off the board by the time the Vikings' No. 17 overall pick arrives, but the Vikings could trade up in the round if they wanted to draft either player. Whitehurst is projected as a second- or third-round pick.

    Summer change

    KSTP will have a new announcing team for its three Vikings preseason telecasts this August. Mike Smith, the director of programming and production for the Hubbard station, said play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger won't return. No replacements have been selected, but Smith is hoping to have new announcers picked in the next two weeks.

    If Smith hires locally, he could look to go with some of the talent that Hubbard-owned KSTC (Ch. 45) has been using on its Prep Bowl coverage. Among the play-by-play announcers on that event are Clay Matvick, WCCO Radio's Dave Lee and Twins TV voice Dick Bremer.

    KSTP was interested in having former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon serve as its analyst, but he has accepted a similar job on Green Bay Packers preseason telecasts.

    Etc.

    • The trial of former running back Moe Williams, charged with lewd conduct in connection to an alleged Oct. 6 boat party on Lake Minnetonka, is scheduled to begin today.

    • The Vikings released tight end T.J. Cottrell, son of former defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.

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    FOLEY CLAIMS "CLERICAL ERROR" IN RESUME

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Vikings director of player personnel Fran Foley acknowledges that his resume contains a misstatement regarding his playing career, and Foley claims that the inaccuracy comes from a clerical error that was never corrected.

    The biography that the Vikings distributed when Foley was hired says that he played tackle at Framingham State College in Boston from 1980 to 1983. However, q school spokeswoman told the Star Tribune that Foley's name appeared on the roster only in 1980 and 1981.

    "I wasn't trying to pull a fast one," Foley said. "To be perfectly honest, I didn't know how [the biography] read."

    As one league source told us on Tuesday morning, "Who doesn't read their own biography to check the facts?"

    But Foley looked at the resume closely enough to ask the team to remove reference to the nickname of the Framingham State team -- the "Rams" -- in order to avoid creating the impression that he played for the then-Los Angeles Rams. So why didn't he notice that the resume said that he played college ball for four full seasons when it fact he didn't?

    "Obviously, I didn't get this job because of my career at Framingham State," he said.

    We'll agree with you on that one, Fran. But at some point in your career, that resume gave you an extra layer of "cred" by creating the erroneous impression that you have more experience playing college football than you really do.

    Truth be told, Foley played only two years of college football -- and that raises questions regarding whether his college career ended due to injury, incompetence, or an inability to follow the rules implemented by his head coach. (He claims that he was injured in 1982.)

    And if the mistake in his Minnesota resume was indeed the result of a "clerical error," we'd love to know when the clerical error occurred. A league source tells us that the 2005 media guide issued by Foley's former team, the San Diego Chargers, says that "Foley graduated from Framingham State College in Massachusetts with a degree in English literature" and that "[h]e played offensive tackle for the Rams from 1980-83."

    The source pointed out to us another example of potential puffery in Foley's bio. Both versions (San Diego and Minnesota) claim that Foley was the defensive line coach at Colgate in 1984, the defensive ends coach at the Citadel in 1985, and the tight ends/specialists coach at Rutgers in 1986. However, the standard progression for young coaches is to serve as a "Graduate Assistant" (i.e., position coach's lackey) for one or more years.

    "Think about it," said the source. "A guy graduates college after playing two years of football and becomes a full-time position coach at Colgate. A year later he gets a full-time gig at the Citadel and then Rutgers and IN CHARGE of a position.

    "Quite the meteoric rise, if you ask me."

    It's not the first time the Vikings have been involved with men having clouds on their resumes. In 2002, the Vikes hired George O'Leary after a discrepancy in his bio caused him to give up his gig as the head coach at Notre Dame. In 2005, prospective owner Reggie Fowler acknowledged errors in a bio distributed by a P.R. firm.

    In Foley's case, our guess is that the Vikings will do nothing, lest they look like buffoons for hiring him without properly checking out his background.

    Still, it's the kind of thing that might cause owner Zygi Wilf (who's big on things like, you know, telling the truth) to chew on some butts behind closed doors.


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    Why are people even talking about Fran Foley?

    It's Fran Fooking Foley, until he wears the correct type of "pads" I would pay him no mind.

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    Summer change

    KSTP will have a new announcing team for its three Vikings preseason telecasts this August. Mike Smith, the director of programming and production for the Hubbard station, said play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger won't return. No replacements have been selected, but Smith is hoping to have new announcers picked in the next two weeks.

    If Smith hires locally, he could look to go with some of the talent that Hubbard-owned KSTC (Ch. 45) has been using on its Prep Bowl coverage. Among the play-by-play announcers on that event are Clay Matvick, WCCO Radio's Dave Lee and Twins TV voice slick willy Bremer.

    KSTP was interested in having former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon serve as its analyst, but he has accepted a similar job on Green Bay Packers preseason telecasts.
    I don't know about you guys...but THIS was way more disturbing...dang Gannon, that turncoat...may he rot in hell !!!
    BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE

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    Why the hype on Foley? I am not at all surprised of the release of T.J. Cottrell.. He is a alright TE, but with what we have, there is no room for him.

    Why in the hell would Gannon accept a position with the Butt-Packers? That was a classless move on his part imo.. Oh well, just another cheesehead to make fun of now..lol

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    Re: Foley explains discrepancy in his biography

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
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    Summer change

    KSTP will have a new announcing team for its three Vikings preseason telecasts this August. Mike Smith, the director of programming and production for the Hubbard station, said play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger won't return. No replacements have been selected, but Smith is hoping to have new announcers picked in the next two weeks.

    If Smith hires locally, he could look to go with some of the talent that Hubbard-owned KSTC (Ch. 45) has been using on its Prep Bowl coverage. Among the play-by-play announcers on that event are Clay Matvick, WCCO Radio's Dave Lee and Twins TV voice slick willy Bremer.

    KSTP was interested in having former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon serve as its analyst, but he has accepted a similar job on Green Bay Packers preseason telecasts.
    I don't know about you guys...but THIS was way more disturbing...dang Gannon, that turncoat...may he rot in hell !!!
    No doubt.

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