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Report: Steve Masiello deal with South Florida over inaccuracies on his resume

Mar 26, 2014, 9:10 AM EST

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Steve Masiello’s deal with South Florida is off after a discrepancy was found in a background check, according to a report from the Tampa Tribune.

The discrepancy was discovered by Eastman & Beaudine, a Texas-based search firm that was reportedly paid $60,000 by the University to find a replacement for Stan Heath. That’s the same search firm that was paid $100,000 by the school to locate their new Athletic Director, Mark Harlan. He was hired less than a week before Heath was fired.

According to a report from ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy, Masiello put on his resume that he graduated from Kentucky when he, in fact, did not. It was listed on both the Manhattan and Louisville websites. Manhattan’s profile for Masiello currently calls him “A 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications.”

“During the search for a new men’s basketball coach, an agreement in principle was reached by USF and candidate Steve Masiello,” USF said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “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.”

Masiello has been the head coach at Manhattan for three years. After leading the Jaspers to the NCAA tournament this past season — and nearly pulling off an opening round upset of his mentor, Rick Pitino — Masiello had reportedly agreed to a five-year deal expected to be worth around $6.2 million.

It will be interesting to see if Masiello is able to return to coach at Manhattan. If Masiello cannot return to Manhattan, what happens to his career? Remember, this was one of the most sought-after and highly-regarded up-and-coming coaches in the country. He had a promising career — and a major payday — in front of him, one that may be ruined as a result of this.

That leads me to my next question: Why was the news allowed to leak before the background check was performed? If the search firm that USF paid $60,000 to has had more than a week to begin digging into candidates, how come they are only now finding this discrepancy?

This will be an interesting story to watch play out over the next couple of days.

  1. ningenito78 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Manhattan should have no problem bringing him back. He’s been successful for then despite this ‘discrepancy’. They would look like idiots if they decided otherwise because another school found this info.

  2. fatcamper - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    I doubt USF or their search firm could perform a thorough background check without authorization from Masiello. Although they probably could have found this lack of a degree discrepancy, it’s likely just procedure to wait for all the proper authorization before performing any of the background check.

    That said, I think this was a strong move by USF to at least show some commitment to education. Hiring a guy that didn’t complete his degree and lied about it doesn’t show any commitment to improving student athlete graduation rates. Even as a fan, education should not take a backseat to athletics. It’s a shame this happened because he is an outstanding coach and recruiter.

  3. campcouch - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    He’s a coach,not a professor. Millions of parents have never gone to college yet they send their kids. I doubt the kids look down on them for not having a degree. Yep,he lied about having a degree,but it didn’t seem to affect the teams’ success or alter their graduation percentages. But colleges will hire coaches that abuse the kids or have recruiting violations at every school they coach.

  4. mogogo1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Incredibly stupid thing to lie about. Not only is it very easily discovered but it has absolutely nothing to do with being a coach.

  5. coryfor3 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    George O’Leary advises against this.

  6. mrtreyseven - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    they’re qualifications that even a coach must have. Saying not have a degree to coach is not a problem, is a slap in the face to the thousands of people in the Physical Education or Coaching Education field that are busting their tails to become a coach such as myself. What shocks me more is he didnt have a Bachelor’s, that most definitely meant he didnt have a Masters degree a requirement for Head coaching positions in COLLEGE. Common misconception that you dont have to go to school to be a coach, however as a coach you are an Educator, you have to teach guys plays, teach them how to conduct themselves on and off the playing surface and some places run study hall answering questions some players might have. Just like its a common misconception that all athletes are dumb when really most graduate before their playing time is up because they have to go to school year round.

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