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Shady CV costs Manhattan coach new job - and maybe old one, too

By Chris Mascaro
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Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Jaspers' head coach Steve Masiello outlines a play during a game last year at Manhattan College's Draddy Gym.

Story updated at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday and 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Manhattan College basketball coach Steve Masiello's deal to lead University of South Florida's squad is off, and now Manhattan has placed him on leave.

The 36-year-old had provided falsified information on his resume, saying he graduated from the University of Kentucky — where he played as a walk-on under mentor Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith from 1996-2000 — when that was not in fact the case, according to ESPN.

On Wednesday afternoon, Manhattan's athletics department released a statement saying: "As a result of a background check commissioned by the University of South Florida, Manhattan College has learned there is a question of the validity of head men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello’s undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. Masiello is currently in the process of reviewing his degree status with the University of Kentucky. Manhattan College has placed Masiello on leave while he completes this process with the University."

Manhattan Director of Athletics Bob Byrnes did not return a message requesting comment as of Wednesday evening.

Masiello, who never resigned from his position at Manhattan, is still listed as the team's head coach on the Jaspers' official athletics website, but his profile no longer calls him "a 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications," as it did before the statement was released.

USF also released a statement on Wednesday that read: "During the search for a new men's basketball coach, an agreement in principle was reached by USF and candidate Steve Masiello. The agreement was pending a verification of credentials. Through the verification process it was determined the candidate's credentials could not be substantiated and therefore he did not meet the requirements for the position."

Now the question is: Will Manhattan retain Masiello? And, if so, under what stipulations?

"Manhattan College will issue further comment as soon as this expedited process is complete," the school's statement concludes.

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jimmy45

Head coaches in college should have a college degree. When you recruit high school players don't you tell them getting their college degree for free is the goal.How did Manhattan hire him in the first place? When I was coaching division three softball at Monroe college I didn't have a college degree and felt it was not right. I went back to school and got my bachelors' degree. You have to me a role model and an example of higher education to your players.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Report this
KSpade1120

I don't know enough of this situation to care too much, but I do have two comments... #1 I find it sad that I just Googled the roster for the 1998 - 99 Kentucky Men's Basketball Team, and sure enough, in the group picture is Steve Masiello. What is the question at hand? Is it whether he played for the school or if he graduated from there? That leads to #2. I don't think that it's necessary for a college basketball coach to have a college degree in order to coach a team. There are plenty of former and current basketball players that have not completed college, but have enough knowledge of the game to be able to teach and guide younger players to perform at their best. If Kobe Bryant wanted to coach a college basketball team, without formally completing college as a student, should he be denied because of this fact??? I think that his 5 NBA Championships should speak on his behalf. Anyway, I hope that the "problem" gets resolved to everyone's satisfaction, because it would be unfortunate for someone to be scrutinized because of a misunderstanding or technicality. Also note, I am neither for, nor against any particular outcome. I'm just voicing my opinion...

Monday, March 31, 2014 | Report this
bronxrunner

Although Masiello seems pretty dense not to realize he would get caught, this has to be the dumbest reason to not hire a basketball coach. First off, if they wanted him, that means that he met their criteria where it mattered.....coaching basketball players. What the hell does a college degree have to do with that? Yes, it was dumb he lied, but I don't think it should have cost him a job. Make the dude do one of those "tearful, heartfelt apologies" and let him move on in his life.

Not being a basketball fan, I have no real dog in this fight. I just think ninjustice was done to a good coach who obviously was qualified for the job.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | Report this
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