The College Baseball Blog and Babes Love Baseball have come across some discrepancies on Husain Mahmoud the head coach of the Chicago State Cougars baseball team. He has several accomplishments listed including being the 30th round selection of the Reds in 1971.
His full bio is listed below.
Chicago, Ill. – Chicago State University’s athletic department announced Tuesday afternoon that Husain Mahmoud will remain the head coach of CSU’s baseball team. He succeeds Vern Hasty, who led the Cougars for two seasons.
“We felt that coach Mahmoud took over our team during a very tough situation, and our players responded to his coaching style,” athletic director Wayne Baskerville said. “I am very confident that Mahmoud will lead the Cougars baseball program to new levels of success.”
As interim head coach last season, he accumulated a 1-12 record, including a 4-2 victory over perennial NCAA baseball powerhouse Tulane. This past season, his only season with CSU, Mahmoud served as the Cougars hitting coach.
Before coming to Chicago State, Mahmoud spent 15 years as head coach of the Steel City Giants, summer baseball team. During his stint with the Giants, he coached professional athletes such as; Curtis Broome (Chicago White Sox), Scott Allen (Pittsburgh Pirates), and Latroy Hawkins (Minnesota Twins).
A Indianapolis, Ind. native, Mahmoud, attended Cripus Attucks High School where he was drafted in the 30th round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1971 Amateur Baseball Draft. Instead of turning pro he attended Central State of Ohio University, where he was a two-sport star and still holds the school record with a 44.7 yards per punt average.
Before his coaching career, Mahmoud played professional football for five seasons with the Indianapolis Capitals of the Continental Football League. While playing for the Capitals he led the league in passing two consecutive seasons in 1977-78 while earning All-League performer at quarterback in 1978. In 1980 he played one season with the Chicago Fire of the World Football League.
Mahmoud graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central State of Ohio in 1975. He and his wife Phyllis have two children, Sulaiman, 27, and Husain II, 7.
The discrepcies start with his selection in the 1971 Amateur Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds in the 30th round. We look at Baseball Reference and they have the Reds selecting Craig Kleibl out of Norland HS in Miami Beach FL. The lies do not stop there as he lists that he played five seasons with the Indianapolis Capitols in the Continental Football League where he led the league in passing in 1977 and 1978. According to Wikipedia the Continental Football League ceased operations after the 1969 season. The Indianapolis Capitals never played pro football and were a minor league hockey team from 1939-1952. The Capitols took part in the Continental League until 1969 ceasing operations after that season. The last major discrepancy is that he played for the Chicago Fire of the World Football League in 1980. The Chicago Fire played only one year in the World Football League which was in 1974 thus making it impossible for him to be playing on that team. On top of that, the World Football League ceased operations in 1975.
There is not any confirmation on the Internet that he was a coach of the Steel City Giants from my searches. I find this a little odd since he was with the squad for 15 seasons.
The Chicago State Athletic Department was contacted by The College Baseball Blog and decided to refuse to answer any questions and removed the biography from their website. The biography can be read through Google’s cache by clicking here. The College Baseball Blog will continue to investigate this story in more details in the coming months and hopefully he is held accountable about what was included in his bio.