Milestones Dec. 24, 2001

RESIGNED. GEORGE O'LEARY, 55, head coach at the University of Notre Dame, just five days after taking the job; in Notre Dame, Ind. Hired to revive the university's storied team, which has failed to finish in the Top 10 nationally since 1993, O'Leary quit after he was found to have falsified his resume. Among other things, his biography touted him as a letter-winning football player at the University of New Hampshire, where, in fact, he never played a game.

DIED. W.G. SEBALD, 57, German-born writer and literary critic; in a car accident; in Norwich, England. The author of such novels as...

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