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A new job for O’Leary, as assistant

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — George O'Leary can now add this to his resume: assistant head coach, Minnesota Vikings.

O'Leary got another chance when one of his former high school players — new Vikings head coach Mike Tice — hired him Friday.

Nearly a month ago, O'Leary resigned in disgrace only five days after getting his dream job as head coach at Notre Dame. He quit following revelations he had lied on his resume about his academic and athletic credentials.

"I'm just happy to be part of the picture right now," O'Leary said. "I'm looking forward to it. I've been dealing with a lot of other problems as you know, but I'm looking forward to coaching, and that's what I really enjoy."

O'Leary will coach the Vikings' defensive line while serving as assistant head coach.

Tice played for O'Leary in New York at Central Islip High School in Long Island.

At a news conference to announce O'Leary's hiring, Tice asked reporters to stay away from questions about the Notre Dame situation. He called O'Leary both a close friend and "a pretty damn good football coach."

"Anybody knows I'm going to lean on George tremendously," Tice said. "He has a lot more head coaching experience than I do. I want to make sure that people understand his role, not only as a defensive line coach but a sounding board for me and a mentor for me that I'm able to work with at this stage in my career."

Asked afterward if the Notre Dame problem weighed on his mind when considering O'Leary, Tice replied: "Not even a bit."

O'Leary, the former Georgia Tech coach, was hired by Notre Dame on Dec. 8. He falsely stated in his biographical sketch that he had a master's degree in education from New York University and had earned three letters as a New Hampshire football player. He attended New Hampshire only two years and didn't play in any games.