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singersp
04-24-2006, 12:32 PM
Foley's inflated résumé puts the Vikings' hiring practices in a questionable light

The new vice president of player personnel was hired over two candidates with long service to the franchise whose applications needed no padding.

Jim Souhan, Star Tribune
Last update: April 23, 2006 – 9:22 PM

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?

Jim Souhan can be heard Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon on KSTP AM 1500. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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COJOMAY
04-24-2006, 03:58 PM
While I have to agree that his resume' was "padded." I don't think he was hired because of his resume but because of his work with the Chargers.

NodakPaul
04-24-2006, 04:02 PM
Man, news coming out of Winter Park really must be slow if this is the best then can come up with. :grin: Talk about grasping at straws... trying to incite a little distrust...

VikesFan4Life
04-24-2006, 04:05 PM
I really dislike Souhan. He rarely has any positive spin when it comes to the Vikings. Although he does have some good articles once in a while.

I guess even a blind squirrel will find an acorn sometimes...

Ltrey33
04-24-2006, 04:05 PM
I think Souhan was just happy to have something to write about. Ever since the TOA came into being, he's been bitching a blue streak about not having "inside info", so whenever he can discredit someone he jumps at the opportunity. I didn't think O'Leary's resume was a big deal and I don't think Foley's is either.

VikesfaninWis
04-24-2006, 04:08 PM
I agree.. I believe it was Tom Coughlin that had Foley with him in Jacksonville, and said he is a hell of a guy.. While I don't agree with the lies in his resume, if he helps the Vikings to get better and reach their ultimate destination, then I am all for him.. If not, get rid of his a$$ at the first sign of trouble. We don't need another black mark on our team..

C-PepNSalt
04-24-2006, 04:28 PM
Pretty much every resume is bolstered...some more than others..
Mine was and i have a great job to show for it !

faninphx
04-24-2006, 04:41 PM
OMG, somebody padded their resume?!?!?!

cajunvike
04-24-2006, 04:41 PM
Wilf will be the final arbiter of this issue...if he is fine with it, then so should we...if NOT, he's gone! End of story.

Navycoach
04-24-2006, 05:20 PM
For those of us who are from MN or still live there, it has never been a secret that the Vikings organization and the press (Star Trib, Pioneer Press, etc...) have NEVER gotten along. It is not getting any better either, what with this "media blackout" and all. Nodak said they were grasping at straws, and I completely agree. The press HAS to find somthing to give their readers because there is no real news coming out of Winter Park at the moment. Hopefully we'll get some decent stories after this weekend.

jdvike
04-24-2006, 05:35 PM
:roll: What a surprise...the Minneapolis media trying to stir up sh!t

snowinapril
04-24-2006, 05:41 PM
"COJOMAY" wrote:

While I have to agree that his resume' was "padded." I don't think he was hired because of his resume but because of his work with the Chargers.

I agree with you here, I think he was hired because of the work he did with the Chargers.

Seems to me that this situation is like the one that our D coordinator under TICE got himself into when he was hired and then fired (resigned) from the Notre Dame job. It just shows a character flaw is all.

Foley can say the same thing, something like "I fudged it up previously, and forgot to change it back." :oops:

Who Cares, as long as he has changed his ways. Apparently, everyone lies to further themselves in the world. That was partially sarcasm there. :roll:

snowinapril
04-24-2006, 05:42 PM
"jdvike" wrote:

:roll: What a surprise...the Minneapolis media trying to stir up sh!t

Atleast the media in MN is finally investigating things, too much time on their hands I guess without a scandal.

snowinapril
04-24-2006, 05:43 PM
"cajunvike" wrote:

Wilf will be the final arbiter of this issue...if he is fine with it, then so should we...if NOT, he's gone! End of story.

So true!!!

FTFXR
04-24-2006, 05:46 PM
I have lived in Memphis, Los Angeles, Miami, and Western PA and now West Central MN. I have never seen a local press that is as negative to their sports teams and BOTH papers in the twin cities. It is rediculous.

VikesfaninWis
04-24-2006, 05:47 PM
I personally wished that Wilf would have hired Studwell versus Foley.. I am a big fan of Studwell's, and hated to see him get over looked. If this deal gets blown out of proportion, then I hope that Stud gets his shot to shine.

vikinggreg
04-24-2006, 06:31 PM
I'm really starting to wonder about some of the local media at times, not being in the twin cities I get the press news form there here and get the feeling some of the reporters=goods news is no news find a scandal. With the loss of the Lakers, North Stars and near retraction of the Twins do the media think it’s their job to jump all over local teams until they leave town. Will Souhan be happy when he gets to report "Vikings Clean Up and Move Out"? It's not that I want the media to blindly follow the team like a delusional Packer fans stuck in the 90's but I don't need to see them holding the door open for teams to leave either.

BadlandsVikings
04-24-2006, 06:37 PM
"C-PepNSalt" wrote:

Pretty much every resume is bolstered...some more than others..
Mine was and i have a great job to show for it !

Everybody lies a little bit on there resume, you have to if you want to get a good job, if you can't BS your way alittle bit after you get the job then you have a problem.

singersp
04-24-2006, 06:43 PM
Before the local media spouts off about Zygi "cleaning house", they should take a look at doing a little "house cleaning" of their own.