It was bad enough that Bobby Petrino circumvented the hiring process at Arkansas to bring on Jessica Dorrell. He made a mockery of the affirmative action process, closed the job offering early, and gave courtesy interviews to two others while hiring his mistress. No matter how you slice it, that's bad -- most certainly a fireable offense.â†µ
Did we mention he turned down a rocket scientist, too?â†µ
Johnson, who played his football and received his aerospace engineering degree at Tuskegee, spent his days at NASA designing abort trajectories in case astronauts had to eject during a takeoff or landing gone bad. If Johnson did his job correctly, the vacated shuttle wouldn't have landed on a populated area. "Thank God," he said, "we never had to do an abort." During his off time, Johnson volunteered as a football coach at Houston-area high schools.â†µ
Okay, so rocket scientist thing is more of an interesting anecdote in a story from Andy Staples that details the candidates who were passed over. There were candidates with loads of experience who weren't even given a look during a process that was hastily ushered along with the end goal predetermined.