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Ex-OSU coach fired for resume mistake

Sat July 17, 2004
By Mike Baldwin

Three years ago, as an Oklahoma State basketball assistant coach, Glynn Cyprien had a chance to correct any inaccuracies on his resume. Apparently he didn't.

On Friday, Cyprien was fired as head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette for falsely claiming to have a degree.

After George O'Leary left Georgia Tech to become Notre Dame football coach and then resigned following a resume scandal in 2001, then-OSU athletic director Terry Don Phillips sent a memo to all OSU coaches. If they wanted to correct any inaccuracies on their resumes, they could be changed no questions asked.

One coach responded, Phillips said, and it wasn't Cyprien.

"When we hired Glynn, that was pre-Georgia Tech days," said Phillips, now the athletic director at Clemson. "Maybe I dropped the ball. But back then we accepted (resumes) at face value. Now everyone checks on resumes."

According to Cyprien's bio, he graduated from Texas-San Antonio in 1990 and owns a master's degree from Lacrosse University. Cyprien did not receive a diploma from Texas-San Antonio. Lacrosse is an online school in Bay St. Louis, Miss., that is not recognized by major accreditation agencies.

ULL officials said a bachelor's degree from an accredited university is required to be head basketball coach.

Cyprien, 37, was hired at ULL in May and signed a five-year deal for $180,000 a season. The Ragin' Cajuns are expected to promote Robert Lee, an assistant at ULL the last eight years.

"I hate for Louisiana-Lafayette to go through this, and I've always held Glynn in high regard," Phillips said. "I feel Glynn would have done a good job."

OSU coach Eddie Sutton and athletic director Harry Birdwell declined comment Friday but released comments in a prepared statement.

"Upon becoming athletic director two years ago, new procedures were implemented requiring verification of academic credentials for all new hires, so we assure the validity of representations made to Oklahoma State University," Birdwell said.

OSU head basketball coach Eddie Sutton said, "In the four years he coached here, Glynn did an exemplary job, both as a coach as well as a mentor who encouraged our players to obtain their degrees. This is highly unfortunate for Glynn and his family."

In the 2003-2004 OSU media guide, Cyprien's bio says he "graduated from Texas-San Antonio."

Cyprien, a New Orleans native, was an assistant at Texas-San Antonio for two seasons. Cyprien also was an assistant at Lamar, Jacksonville, Western Kentucky and UNLV before joining OSU's staff in 2000. There was an unconfirmed report Cyprien needed fewer than 10 credits in 1990 to complete his degree at Texas-San Antonio.

"All nonclassified employees must have a bachelor's degree to work at the university," said ULL athletic director Nelson Schexnayder. "That means trainers, coaches, everyone. ... He had been at a number of universities, and in the system so long, I assumed his resume was correct. It's bad to assume anything these days."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

http://www.newsok.com/article/1280112/
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