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    [size=18px]Foley not what he says[/size]

    By Albert Breer
    Sunday, April 23, 2006


    This time, at least, Fran Foley's embellishments didn't make it into the media guide.

    On Friday night, the Minnesota Vikings issued an updated bio for their new vice president of player personnel -- a former Framingham State offensive tackle -- to correct a plethora of mistakes for which Foley was called out this week.

    A report in Tuesday's Minneapolis Star Tribune called into question Foley's playing career at FSC. His resume read that he played as a Ram from 1980-83, though the Star Tribune spoke to an FSC spokeswoman, who said Foley was only listed on the 1980-81 rosters.

    The Daily News reported Thursday that Foley was a graduate assistant at Colgate in 1984 and not the defensive line coach, which his resume reflected.

    Both mistakes appeared consistently in media guides in which he was featured during his time as a personnel man with the Jaguars (1994-2002) and Chargers (2003-05), his two previous NFL stops. And more came out in yesterday's Star Tribune.

    Foley apologized for the inconsistencies and admitted that, while the positions listed on his resume did reflect his duties, he never held the titles he claimed at those universities. Overall, the inaccuracies span nearly a decade, from his junior year at FSC in 1982 to 1990, and appear in each year during that time.

    "I acknowledge that there were inaccuracies in my bio, and we have corrected them," the Worcester native said Friday night. "I'm still proud of what I've done and my accomplishments for the teams I've been a part of."

    He added that "I did nothing to misrepresent what I've done....I listed the responsibilities I had. I take full responsibility for any embarrassment I've caused."

    Foley's old biography also stated he was the defensive ends coach at the Citadel in 1985, and the tight ends/specialists coach at Rutgers in 1986, while the truth is he was a graduate assistant coach on both occasions.

    Perhaps most egregious of all, Foley's resume shows he was promoted to director of football operations at Rutgers and held the post from 1987-90. A school spokeswoman said he actually spent that time as an administrative assistant in the football office for the Scarlet Knights.

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    Re: Fran Foley....LIAR!

    Who cares!

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    "donjen95" wrote:
    Who cares!
    We should. The Vikings should. The only reason one needs to lie on a resume is because they dont really have the necessary credentials for the position.


    From the Star Trib-

    Foley's inflated résumé puts the Vikings' hiring practices in a questionable light
    Jim Souhan, Star Tribune

    Last update: April 24, 2006 – 5:25 AM
    Jim Souhan

    Fran (if that's his name) Foley (assuming that's not an alias) raised a number of troubling questions by pumping helium into his résumé.

    Foley, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel, described his coaching jobs at three schools -- Colgate, the Citadel and Rutgers -- as full-time assistant coaching jobs, when in fact he was a graduate assistant.

    Also, a Rutgers spokeswoman told Star Tribune reporter Kevin Seifert that Foley was an administrative assistant from 1987 to 1990 -- not director of football operations, as the biography stated.

    Earlier in the week, Seifert reported that Foley said a clerical error resulted in an overstatement of his college playing career at Framingham State College.

    Foley played two seasons, in 1980 and '81, rather than four.

    When asked whether he had attempted to embellish his career, Foley told Seifert, "I did nothing to misrepresent what I've done."

    That is another lie. He did everything to misrepresent what he had done.

    One clerical error, one oversight, one mistake, even one small embellishment might be understandable. For Foley to inflate his importance even at insignificant junctures of his career should be worrisome to the Vikings brass.

    What does this mean?

    • Foley was chosen over internal candidates Scott Studwell and Jeff Robinson. As far as we know, Studwell and Robinson are, if nothing else, competent known quantities with many years of service to their franchise on their uninflated résumés.

    The Vikings bypassed Studwell and Robinson to hire Foley. That gives us question to the hiring practices and savvy of the Vikings' braintrust.

    • Foley has ascended to a position in which he will be responsible for hiring and firing the people charged with assessing the talent and character of the players who will comprise future Minnesota Vikings teams.

    In short, Foley will be responsible for judging others' résumés. Is he the right person for that job?

    • Last fall, when the boat scandal broke, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf held a news conference at which he promised to hold Vikings employees, including players, to a high standard of conduct.

    Thus far, the only evidence we have that Wilf will make good on his word was the trade of quarterback Daunte Culpepper and the hiring of a coach who promises to be a disciplinarian.

    Here's the rub, though: The Culpepper trade was more a result of Culpepper's personality conflict with Brad Childress than the perception of past misbehavior, and we won't know if Childress truly is a disciplinarian until we see how he handles future indiscretions.

    If Wilf and Childress, for example, welcome back Onterrio Smith from his drug suspension, then all the tough talk will have been just that, and we can slot the Vikings into the same category as virtually every other team in the NFL.

    That is, they will try to win with the best available talent.

    Which is fine. If that's the case, though, they shouldn't pretend they are any different from the Oakland Raiders.

    Foley printed lies on his résumé. He may have considered them little white lies, but the result was a document that painted a picture of a more grandiose career than he had actually built.

    Maybe he's a swell guy who will do a great job, but I'm surprised an organization that is trying to portray itself as pristine and savvy would do so little research on a major hire, or would offer so little public reaction to the Star Tribune's stories on Foley.

    This week, Foley is the face of the Vikings, as the NFL draft approaches.

    Call his faulty résumé unimportant if you like, but I'll need a few years of trustworthy behavior from him before I'll believe anything I hear from Fran? Foley?, Football? Executive?


    Chuch.

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    Also, from profootballtalk.com

    SOMEBODY IN MINNESOTA "GETS IT," THANKFULLY

    Major kudos and other indicia of respect and admiration to Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for calling out Vikings director of player personnel Fran Foley for his multiple resume inaccuracies.

    "One clerical error, one oversight, one mistake, even one small embellishment might be understandable," writes Souhan. "For Foley to inflate his importance even at insignificant junctures of his career should be worrisome to the Vikings brass. . . . Foley was chosen over internal candidates Scott Studwell and Jeff Robinson. As far as we know, Studwell and Robinson are, if nothing else, competent known quantities with many years of service to their franchise on their uninflated resumes. . . .

    "Maybe [Foley's] a swell guy who will do a great job, but I'm surprised an organization that is trying to portray itself as pristine and savvy would do so little research on a major hire, or would offer so little public reaction to the Star Tribune's stories on Foley."

    Amen, Jim.

    Frankly, we're amazed that neither the AP nor any other national outlet picked up the Star Tribune's Friday night story containing information regarding four additional errors in Foley's bio. And Foley promptly should send to USC tailback Reggie Bush a fruit basket (or, you know, a whole house), since it is the Bush family fiasco that will keep Foley's foibles off of the national radar screen.


    Chuch.

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    "donjen95" wrote:
    Who cares!
    Exactly does this affect how he evaluates talent and helps us win? No way MOVE ON media this is ridiculus!
    "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn t work hard."

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    I don't know, something about this face just makes me not want to trust it:



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    "aceclown" wrote:
    "donjen95" wrote:
    Who cares!
    We should. The Vikings should. The only reason one needs to lie on a resume is because they dont really have the necessary credentials for the position.
    Performance/Results > credentials

    So far the new leadership has done a fantastic job. I don't give a crap what any of them did before they got here or how they got here. The only thing that matters is what they do with our beloved franchise.

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    "MensaTice" wrote:
    "aceclown" wrote:
    "donjen95" wrote:
    Who cares!
    We should. The Vikings should. The only reason one needs to lie on a resume is because they dont really have the necessary credentials for the position.
    Performance/Results > credentials

    So far the new leadership has done a fantastic job. I don't give a crap what any of them did before they got here or how they got here. The only thing that matters is what they do with our beloved franchise.
    As long as the team is is run right and not moved, I don't give a rats ass, what someone did before they joined the organization.

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    "mnjamie" wrote:
    I don't know, something about this face just makes me not want to trust it:



    Could it be the "I just ate a box of ding dongs, and I have 2 chins" that is untrustworthy? :grin:

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    Don't base opinions on people on how they look. If Fran can do his job, then smack him on his wrist, make him change his damn resume, and then keep on working.

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