COLLEN AFFAIR TAKES AMAZING TWIST

Former Colorado State Women's Basketball coach Tom Collen, forced to resign a day after being hired by Vanderbilt did indeed earn two college degrees as he stated on a resume, Miami of Ohio said Friday.

Collen, a 1983 Miami graduate, has been without a job since May 2, and he asked the school last week to check into his academic credentials. Last month, Miami told Vanderbilt that Collen, who had resigned as women's coach at CSU, held only one master's degree in two subjects.

Upon further review, Miami officials found the registrar's office made a mistake on Collen's transcript when he graduated. The office incorrectly entered that he earned one master's degree in two areas of study, but the record should have reflected two separate degrees, Miami spokesman Richard Little said Friday.

"The records show Mr. Collen was a student in good standing and that he was not attempting to mislead anyone when reporting that he had two Miami graduate degrees,'' Little said.

Collen had listed separate master's degrees in recreation and in health education on the resume originally submitted to Colorado State. He quit that job and was introduced as Vanderbilt's new coach on May 1.

He resigned the next day under pressure after a newspaper reported he listed two Miami graduate degrees on his resume at Colorado State after giving Vanderbilt a resume with only one master's degree.

Mike Schoenfeld, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public relations, defended the school's decision Friday as being based on the information available at the time.

Vanderbilt had delayed hiring Collen for at least two days while checking through his academic credentials, and the coach gave officials the new resume.

What cost Collen his job were his statements that his resume had always been accurate. At the time, he blamed any confusion on the Colorado State sports information staff.

After the newspaper story, Collen said he made an "honest mistake.''

Schoenfeld said Vanderbilt officials wish Collen the best but they have their new coach in Melanie Balcomb who was hired last week.

"We're going to be moving forward,'' Schoenfeld said.

Colorado State also hired a new coach, Chris Denker, last week.

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