posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 10:16 AM
GRAMBLING, La. -- Grambling football coach Melvin Spears has a discrepancy on his resume, and was given a week by the school president to straighten
out whether or not he received a master's degree.
Grambling President Horace Judson said he confirmed Spears never received his master's from Northern Arizona, but added that Spears maintained to him
that he had completed the necessary work.
"I've spoken with coach Spears and he insists there is an error that he can clarify," Judson said in a statement. "He's heading out to Northern
Arizona to deal with the issue. I've given him one week to verify and validate that he has an earned master's degree from Northern Arizona
Spears was not available for comment Friday, university athletics spokesman Peter Forest said.
Spears was the Tigers' offensive coordinator under former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, who left in February to take a job with the Tampa Bay
Spears was popular with the players, who pushed for him to be named interim head coach.
Spears' resume says he has a master's in administrative leadership. On Friday, an official in Northern Arizona's transcript department said Spears was
enrolled from early 1994 to mid-1997, but was never awarded his master's. The official declined to say how many of the program's required 36 credit
hours Spears completed, citing privacy policies.
In 2001, George O'Leary was coach at Notre Dame for less than a week before he was fired for lying on his resume. Earlier this year, O'Leary was named
coach at Central Florida.
Judson said he could not speculate about what would happen if Spears failed to produce proof he had earned the degree.