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Men’s Basketball: Cyprien takes over Texas A&M job – former UL head basketball coach

Associated Press, Daily Advertiser, Oct. 3, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M associate head coach Glynn Cyprien is confident that Billy Kennedy will be able to return to lead the 20th-ranked Aggies soon.

The 47-year-old Kennedy was hired in May from Murray State to take over for Mark Turgeon, who left to coach at Maryland. Kennedy recently disclosed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will not be coaching the team as the season gets under way.

Cyprien is in charge and he is working to implement Kennedy’s vision for the team. Kennedy was 107-53 at Murray State and led the Racers to the round of 32 of the NCAA tournament in 2010 where they lost by two points to Butler.

“The most difficult part is us as a new staff trying to figure out his philosophy and the way he would do things and trying to keep it as close to that blueprint as possible, because the way he’s done things prior to coming here has been successful,” Cyprien said. “We’re trying to stay close to that blueprint and sprinkle in some things we think are good for this team.”

Cyprien said coaching the team while Kennedy is out hasn’t been easy, but it helps that he has known Kennedy for decades. Cyprien went to high school with Kennedy’s brother and Cyprien coached and AAU team with Kennedy when he was 19.

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A win on court for UL

La. Supreme Court dismisses Cyprien suit

The Associated Press � January 22, 2009

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court has thrown out a defamation and breach of contract suit brought by a college basketball coach fired just months after he was hired.

UL had a valid reason to fire Glynn Cyprien and did not defame him when it accused him of resume fraud, the high court ruled Wednesday.

The university had appealed a district judge’s ruling that Cyprien should get a trial of his lawsuit against its athletic director and the governing board for the University of Louisiana System.

An appeal court had refused to consider the university’s request, but the justices ruled unanimously that the facts are so clear that no trial is needed – and Cyprien has no case.

“It’s what we hoped would happen. It’s what we thought should happen. We’re very, very happy that it has finally ended,” said Nelson Schexnayder, who was UL’s athletic director when Cyprien was hired and fired, and is now director of the school’s office of contractural review.

Cyprien, now an assistant at Kentucky, spent the 2006-07 season at Arkansas State. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

UL hired Cyprien in May 2004. It fired him July 16, 2004, after The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported that his degrees were from an online school – and he had not graduated from Texas-San Antonio, as a resume claimed.

He testified in a sworn statement that he had failed a foreign language requirement, leaving him one class short of graduating from UTSA, and got online bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lacrosse University, according to the ruling.

Lacrosse, based in Bay St. Louis, Miss., is not recognized by major accreditation agencies. It moved from Louisiana to Mississippi in 2002, after the Louisiana Board of Regents voted not to renew its license.

Cyprien said he was defamed because he gave the correct information in another form, and hand-delivered a correct resume before a student worker at Oklahoma State, where he worked prior to UL, mistakenly faxed the inaccurate one.

“ULL pointed out that Mr. Cyprien consistently submitted resumes containing the same misrepresentations to various universities over the past fourteen years,” the Supreme Court noted in an unsigned opinion.

Whether a student worker made a mistake or Cyprien hand-delivered a correct resume, neither would outweigh the false resume, they wrote.

The high court ruled that since he did submit a false resume – and never gave a legitimate reason for having it in his files – he had no case.

Cyprien also claimed that he never violated his contract, and hadn’t even signed one yet, so UL was just using the resume as an excuse.

Officials at UL and the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors made sworn statements that the school requires a degree from a college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Since the schools would not have hired Cyprien without such a degree, it had valid ground to turn him away, the justices found.

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LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE NAMES GLYNN CYPRIEN HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

May 05, 2004 –

LAFAYETTE – University of Louisiana at Lafayette Director of Athletics
Nelson Schexnayder announced Wednesday the hiring of Glynn Cyprien as
the school’s 11th head coach of men’s basketball.

Cyprien, 37, is a New Orleans native and 1990 graduate of the University
of Texas at San Antonio. He spent the last four seasons as an assistant
coach at Oklahoma State under the legendary Eddie Sutton, helping guide
the Cowboys to the NCAA Final Four this past season.

Cyprien’s hiring is pending approval from the University of Louisiana
Board of Trustees. He is replacing former head coach Jessie Evans who
became the head coach at the University of San Francisco April 22 after
seven seasons as the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“This is a great opportunity for me and my family and I am truly
excited,” Cyprien said. “The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has
had a great tradition throughout the years. We hope to continue the
success both on and off the court.”

Louisiana-Lafayette has advanced to the postseason in each of the last
three years, including the 2004 NCAA Tournament, and has had three
straight 20-win seasons and three straight Sun Belt West Division
championships – all of which Cyprien is looking forward to build upon.

“We are very excited to add another excellent coach to our family”,
Schexnayder said. “Glynn Cyprien is an outstanding person and basketball
coach and I look forward to having him lead our program.”

Prior to arriving at Oklahoma State, Cyprien spent five seasons helping
turnaround the program at UNLV as an associate head coach where he was a
member of Bill Bayno’s original staff in 1995.

In 1996-97, UNLV’s recruiting class was tabbed the nation’s best by the
Sporting News and Basketball Times, and the 1998-99 class was ranked
second nationally by The Hoop Scoop. While at UNLV, Cyprien helped
recruit Tyrone Nesby, Keon Clark and Shawn Marion, who went on to play
in the NBA. The recruiting classes helped turn a 10-16 season in 1995-96
to a 22-10 campaign in 1996-97 and eventually NCAA appearances in
1997-98 and 1999-2000. The Rebels made four postseason appearances
during his stay.

He was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky during the 1994-95 season,
helping lead the Hiltoppers to a 27-4 record and a final ranking of No.
21 in the Associated Press Poll. His recruiting class ranked No. 10 in
the nation and helped land WKU the Sun Belt Conference regular season
and tournament titles along with a first-round win over Michigan in the
NCAA Tournament.

Before joining Western Kentucky, he was the associate head coach at
then-Sun Belt member Jacksonville University from 1991-94. He has also
been an assistant coach at Lamar (1990-91) and Texas-San Antonio
(1987-90).

Cyprien began his coaching career at UTSA in 1987 and helped guide the
Roadrunners to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance that season.
When he joined the staff at Lamar, the Cardinals win percentage
increased from .259 (7-20) to .556 (15-12) and the team grade point
average jumped from 1.00 to 2.55.

Cyprien attended Southern University (1985-87), lettering for two
seasons in basketball, before transferring to Texas-San Antonio
(1987-90). He received his bachelor’s degree from UTSA and earned his
master’s degree from LaCrosse University in May 2002.

He attended Jesuit High School (1981-85) in New Orleans and played guard
and lettered four years in basketball. He lettered two years on the
football team as a wide receiver.

His father, James, coached for 30 years and his mother, Janice, also was
a coach.

Cyprien has coached Robert Pack (Dallas Mavericks), Tim Breaux
(Vancouver Grizzlies), Dave Johnson (Italy Pro League), Randy Livingston
(Houston Rockets), Chris Robinson (Vancouver Grizzlies), Isadore Thorton
(Argentina Pro League) and Lyle Mouton (Chicago White Sox) during his
career.

Cyprien and his wife Monique have two daughters; Asia and Karter.

THE GLYNN CYPRIEN FILE
Full Name: Glynn Ray Cyprien
Birthdate: Sept. 13, 1966
Birthplace: New Orleans, La.
Family: Wife, Monique; daughters Asia and Karter
High School: Jesuit (New Orleans)
Education: B.S. in Health & Pyhsical Education (1990), Texas-San Antonio
B.S. in Education Counseling (2000), LaCrosse University
M.S. in Health & Physical Education (2002), LaCrosse University
Playing Experience: Two-year letterman at Southern (1985-87)

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2004-present Louisiana-Lafayette head coach
Named to post May 5, 2004
2000-2004 Oklahoma State, assistant coach
1995-2000 UNLV, associate head coach
1994-95 Western Kentucky, associate head coach
1991-94 Jacksonville , associate head coach
1990-91 Lamar, assistant coach
1987-90 Texas-San Antonio, assistant coach
1988-89 Texas-San Antonio, assistant women’s coach

Cyprien bio over the years cited degree

July 17, 2004 –

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@lafayette.gannett.com

July 17, 2004

LAFAYETTE � UL Lafayette was not the only university that believed Glynn Cyprien’s claim of a bachelor’s degree from Texas-San Antonio.

The Ragin’ Cajun basketball coach was terminated by the university Friday after it was discovered that Cyprien did not possess a degree from an accredited four-year university. His resume’ and the official university biography from his May hiring claimed a bachelor’s degree from Texas-San Antonio.

An employee of the UTSA registrar’s office said Friday that Cyprien attended the Texas university from 1987 to 1990 but did not earn a degree.

�We were told that another resume’ was later sent that did not list that degree,” said UL Lafayette athletic director Nelson Schexnayder. �But we have no record of that and we relied on the first resume’ when we hired him.”

Biographies obtained from the other five universities where the New Orleans native had served on basketball staffs also listed a degree from UTSA in his educational background.

Cyprien, hired by UL Lafayette in May, had previously coached for four years at Oklahoma State and prior to that had served on the staffs at Nevada-Las Vegas, Western Kentucky, Jacksonville and Lamar.

OSU’s official biography prior to the 2003-04 basketball season listed a bachelor’s degree in education from UTSA in 1990 and a master’s degree in physical education from LaCrosse University in 2002. LaCrosse is a on-line program based out of Bay St. Louis, Miss., that is not accredited by the state and other major accreditation agencies.

�This is highly unfortunate for Glynn and his family,” said long-time Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton. �In the four years he coached here, Glynn did an exemplary job, both as a coach as well as a mentor who encouraged our players to obtain their degrees.”

Former UL Lafayette athletic director Terry Don Phillips was the athletic director at OSU when Cyprien was hired.

�When Nelson called me yesterday (Thursday), I was totally shocked, absolutely flabbergasted,” Phillips said. �Glynn is someone who I always held in very high regard, and I enjoyed being around him. We accepted what he said.”

His hiring there preceded the nationwide flap over George O’Leary’s resignation as head football coach at Notre Dame, after he admitted he lied about his academic and athletic background on his resume’.

Cyprien joined the UNLV staff in 1995 and coached there for five years, the last of those seasons as associate head coach. His biography page from that year’s media guide stated that he graduated from UTSA in 1990 and also played collegiately there, but UTSA’s basketball records have no listing of him as a player there.

He was at Jacksonville for two seasons in 1992-94 and at Western Kentucky for one season in 1991-92, both of those schools members of the Sun Belt Conference and UL Lafayette opponents at the time. At both places, he was an assistant coach under Matt Kilcullen.

Both of those schools’ media guides list him as receiving a bachelor’s degree from UTSA in 1989, one year earlier than the biographies at both UNLV and Oklahoma State.

Efforts to reach Kilcullen Friday were unsuccessful, but Kilcullen � now head coach at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville � gave a glowing recommendation when Cyprien was hired in early May.

�He is one of the best young coaches around,” Kilcullen said in a phone interview. �Recruiting was his main thing when he worked for me, but he also established himself as someone who could help young people reach their potential. He was someone who was a great liaison between the players and myself.”

Cyprien was on the Lamar staff for one year in 1990-91, and the first paragraph of his media guide biography there stated that he joined the Cardinal staff in June of 1990 after earning his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from UTSA in May.

But then-Lamar head coach Mike Newell said Friday that information wasn’t accurate.

�He was with me for a year at Lamar as a student assistant,” Newell said. �He was doing work to finish his degree at UTSA. To my knowledge, he was doing course work from UTSA at the time.

�I had just taken the Lamar job and (former UTSA head coach) Ken Burmeister had just been relieved, and he called me and said he had a young man who needed to finish his degree and was looking for a job. I don’t know if we called it part-time or not then, but he was basically a student assistant.”

Newell said that Cyprien didn’t start at Lamar until late in the summer because he was finishing up course work, and left in March to take the Jacksonville job.

�It totally shocks me,” Newell said when informed of Cyprien’s termination. �I had known him before, and I had kept up with him pretty well and talked to him on occasion. It hurts me to hear that.”

The Texas-San Antonio press guide from the 1988-89 season listed Cyprien as a part-time assistant coach, stating he was in his second season in that role and said that while completing his undergraduate studies he would assist in recruiting, scouting, film study, player academics and on-court practice sessions.

�The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
July 17, 2004

Pink slip for �Cyp’

July 17, 2004 –

Lee to lead Cajuns’ program after dismissal of Cyprien
Bruce Brown
bbrown@theadvertiser.com

July 17, 2004

LAFAYETTE � The Glynn Cyprien Era of UL Lafayette basketball lasted 72 days, and ended on Friday before he ever took the floor with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Cyprien, the former Oklahoma State assistant coach who was hired on May 5 to be the school’s 11th head coach, was terminated after a University investigation found incorrect degree information in his resume.

Nine-year assistant coach Robert Lee, a finalist for the position awarded to Cyprien, will assume head coaching duties.

�We got some calls indicating Cyprien did not have the degrees he claimed to have,” Schexnayder said. �We began looking into it, and found that he does have degrees, but not degrees that are acceptable to the University.”

Cyprien’s resume claimed a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Texas-San Antonio after attending Southern University and, from 1987-90, UTSA.

The National Student Clearinghouse has verified that Cyprien did not earn a UTSA degree.

Cyprien attained a bachelor’s degree in 2000 in educational counseling and a master’s degree, cum laude, in physical education in 2002 from LaCrosse University, an online school based in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

The Louisiana State Board of Regents voted unanimously in 2002 not to renew LaCrosse’s license in the state, prior to its move to Mississippi.

�I relied upon information from his prior positions,” Schexnayder said of Cyprien, who previously coached at Nevada-Las Vegas, Western Kentucky, Jacksonville and Lamar before Oklahoma State and got glowing recommendations from former UL and OSU athletic director Terry Don Phillips, among others.

�What I assumed was that he would meet our requirements, and that was a poor assumption on my part. It’s not good. I should have done better.”

The Board of Regents approved Cyprien’s hiring, partially based on the Texas-San Antonio degree.

�We send the board information about an applicant’s background,” Schexnayder said. �We listed the degrees we thought he had.”

Ironically, when Cyprien was hired to replace Jessie Evans, he was charged with the task of improving the Cajuns’ classroom performance after several academic suspensions marked the last two years of the Evans regime.

UL Lafayette requires all employees of the athletic department to have degrees from accredited, four-year institutions, and Schexnayder pledged more attention to investigating that detail in the future.

�It’s my responsibility,” Schexnayder said. �I will obviously make that point specifically before we announce that anyone is joining our athletic department.

�In the future, when we receive resumes, we could send a form letter to the institution in question, providing the degree and date listed, and for them to confirm, yes or no. That’s one way of dealing with that.”

Cyprien’s firing came one day after newly-hired Grambling State football coach Melvin Spears cleared questions about his degree from Northern Arizona University.

Also, George O’Leary was dismissed shortly after being hired in December 2001 as Notre Dame’s football coach for providing a false resume information. He is currently the head coach at Central Florida.

�I did not feel any (added) pressure to check credentials,” Schexnayder said. �Glynn’s resume appeared at Oklahoma State and at other schools where he coached. It should have been checked by athletics.”

When confronted with UL’s investigation into his resume, Cyprien told Schexnayder that he had submitted a revised resume to the athletic department. But Schexnayder has not seen it.

�Obviously, Dr. (Ray) Authement is not happy,” Schexnayder said of the University’s president. �It’s not a positive for the University. But our actions today reflect that we are serious about academics and want to do things the right way.”

�The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
July 17, 2004