|Thursday, December 13
Updated: December 14, 10:14 AM ET
O'Leary said he was unaware of factual mistake
DURHAM, N.H. -- Notre Dame coach George O'Leary never earned a letter playing football at New Hampshire, even though his biography says he was awarded three.
In his bio in Georgia Tech's media guide, it states O'Leary earned three letters at New Hampshire at offensive line and fullback. O'Leary went to New Hampshire only two years, and never made it into a game.
O'Leary left Georgia Tech on Sunday to take over at Notre Dame, which also included the erroneous information in its release.
John Heisler, Notre Dame associate athletic director, said Thursday that O'Leary told him he was unaware of the error.
O'Leary transferred to New Hampshire after two years at the University of Dubuque. He said he was on the New Hampshire team in 1967 and 1968, but unable to play his first year because of mononucleosis, and did not play his second year because of a knee injury.
"It sounds like at some point somebody in our business put that in there and it wasn't right. Who knows why?" Heisler said. "There was no intent to deceive anyone here. Somewhere along the line someone made a mistake."
The mistake dates back at least to the 1987 Georgia Tech media guide, when O'Leary was defensive coordinator at the school.
The sports information department at New Hampshire said it has no record of O'Leary on a football roster, and that it does not keep records of letter winners.