Straight out of the news, head football coach at a major university uses his influence to circumvent the hiring process and get his mistress hired for a job she is not educated, experienced or qualified. <<You’ve probably read about it here.>> Because he coaches the football team and they’re winning he was able to get the HR department, director of minority affairs and athletic director to fast-track her resume, interview and selection process. He also gave her a fat $20k bonus.
There were 159 people to apply. The 3 finalist were the woman that got hired and 2 others. As stated earlier, she was not qualified but the other 2 were. Both had a Master’s degree, one had 2 Master’s degrees. One was an alumnus of the university with a referral letter from the head coach; yes the same head coach making all the decisions. They both had previous experience; one was even a NCAA football national champion. But neither was sleeping with the head coach.
The article states, “Documents show that (the head coach) sought a waiver to circumvent a university affirmative action policy requiring that the job be posted for at least 30 days before interviews”
The HR manager started out doing well, here’s what she wrote “Coach would like to request to interview early due to needing a Player Development Coordinator as quickly as possible,” she went on to write. “We could potentially make a recruiting error with NCAA rules and regulations.” That was good, but then she blew it… she helped push this through by stating it was necessary because “Fantasy Football Camp preparation, Red White Game preparation and all recruiting coordination is falling short due to not having this position filled.”
This entire incident wouldn’t have been exposed had it not been for a motorcycle accident. The coach had this woman (his mistress and new coordinator) on the back of his bike when he had an accident. He wanted to cover it up and hide it from his wife and the university, and he lied at first but the truth came out.
HR is there to protect the company and the employees, sometimes that means protecting them from their own reckless behavior. Sure he wanted his side piece on his staff but you can’t condone it, let alone expedite it.
I feel bad for the other applicants. Especially the other 2 finalists; one was a qualified black man (Sorry my brother, I feel your pain). The other was a female with 2 Master degrees and football coordinator experience, she too was qualified (Sorry you had to go through this mess). I hope you two sue the pants off that school.
All those credentials and you know what? They didn’t have a chance. Resume, qualifications, skills, experience, references, and alumni relations be damned! None of that measures up to a piece of tail.
This is not the 1st time nor will it be the last time this happens, but I will tell you this, don’t come to me with this whole skills gap, talent gap crap unless you are serious about selecting good talent. If you believe this is the way it is and it won’t change, then you are part of the problem.
These 2 folks that were looked over, no scratch that; they were “effed” over (literally).
The HR manager has been on the job since June of 2011 (less than a year), so she probably didn’t want to rock the boat or be seen not as a team player. Put on your adult pants, HR ain’t for suckas, stand up for what’s right HR peeps, it’s your responsibility.
The head coach got fired for “cause”; the mistress is on PAID leave…W-T-F to that. And other players on this team of unethical behavior have yet to be disciplined!