Just two weeks after winning MAAC championship, Steve Masiello finds future in limbo after South Florida deal fell through and status at Manhattan uncertain. (Photo courtesy of Jaden Daly)
At the present moment, Steve Masiello is still the head men's basketball coach at Manhattan College after his five-year contract to take the same position at the University of South Florida fell through due to an "undetected discrepancy" in the background check conducted by the search committee hired by USF administrators to find a new coach.
This morning, the aforementioned discrepancy was revealed by ESPN's Brett McMurphy, who broke the news that Masiello; a former player at the University of Kentucky before beginning his coaching career as an assistant under Bobby Gonzalez and Rick Pitino, did not complete the coursework to earn his degree from the Lexington school, yet falsely claimed so on his resume when applying for the job. When reached for comment, both Pitino and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich voiced their surprise, with the Hall of Fame coach indicating he was "shocked" by the startling discovery.
Masiello, who did not resign his post at Manhattan before signing the contract that USF pulled off the table, remains the coach of the Jaspers, whom he guided to their first NCAA Tournament in a decade before narrowly losing to Pitino and Louisville. However, sources close to the situation indicate that the Manhattan College administration is split as to whether or not to retain the 36-year-old Masiello, who is 60-39 in three years since replacing Barry Rohrssen in 2011. Other close sources have stated that Manhattan will release a statement later in the afternoon concerning Masiello's future.
A Daly Dose Of Hoops will continue to monitor this situation as further details emerge.