NASHVILLE, May 2 (UPI) -- Tom Collen declined to accept Vanderbilt's offer to become women's basketball coach on Thursday after inaccuracies were found in his biography.
On Wednesday, Collen left Colorado State to join Vanderbilt. But his bio in the Rams' media guide listed him with two masters degrees instead of the one with a dual major he earned at Miami of Ohio.
"Although I am certainly devastated by what has happened, I walk away from this opportunity at Vanderbilt knowing the discrepancy on my resume submitted to Colorado State in 1997 was an honest mistake and not one of deception," he said.
Vanderbilt officials, including Athletic Director Todd Turner, did not have the "opportunity" to review Collen's application but validated that the information he submitted was consistent with his academic record before making an offer.
Turner said the integrity of the program came first.
"I know this decision was difficult for him to make, but it was the right one," Turner said. "We will continue our search immediately to find new leadership."
The 48-year-old Collen spent the past five years at Colorado State, going 129-33 and earning four NCAA Tournament appearances. He would have become Vanderbilt's fourth coach, succeeding Jim Foster, who left for Ohio State.
"I have spent over 20 years in the game of women's basketball, teaching the game I love and gaining the respect of those involved," he said. "I'm embarrassed by what has happened, but I'm proud of who I am."
The news comes a few months after George O'Leary lost the football coaching job at Notre Dame because he falsely claimed on his resume that he played college football and had a master's degree.