USF rescinds deal with Steve Masiello because of false claim that he is college graduate

adell@bradenton.comMarch 26, 2014 

— Basketball never seems to come easily for the University of South Florida, on or off the court.

USF has rescinded a five-year deal with Steve Masiello that would’ve paid him $6.2 million to become the Bulls head coach basketball coach.

Multiple reports said Masiello falsely claimed on his resume he is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Both Louisville and Manhattan’s websites list Masiello as a 2000 UK graduate, but a Kentucky spokesperson reported that Masiello didn’t graduate from the school after attending from 1996 to 2000.

USF has a policy that its head coaches are required to be college graduates and terminated the deal after it learned the truth, according to reports.

The background check was discovered by Eastman & Beaudine, a Texas based search firm that was hired by USF for $60,000 to find someone to replace former coach Stan Heath, who was fired after last season.

Masiello reportedly signed a contract with USF on Monday to become the new head coach with just minor details to be worked out. The Manhattan College school paper, the Quadrangle, reported that the players there were told by Masiello that he was leaving for USF.

The hiring of Masiello was considered a coup by USF in college basketball circles. He worked six years under Louisville’s legendary coach Rick Pitino, who highly recommended his former pupil and has a history of former assistant coaches being successful as head coaches.

USF is now re-opened the coaching search and a lot of the same names have come though its uncertain how those candidates will feel about being second choices.

Among the name being most tossed around is Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey, who was head coach at Arkansas from 2007-2011.

In his three seasons at Manhattan Masiello had a 60-39 record and led the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade this season, won the Metro Athletic Conference and finished 25-8. The Jaspers also reached the second round of the CIT in 2012

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