Just a quick update on Steve Masiello's status at Manhattan, primarily because there's not enough new information for more.
Manhattan's administration has issued this release about Masiello's situation:
"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
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.
Masiello was named
Manhattan College’s head men’s basketball coach in April 2011. Prior to that, he
was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville from 2005-11. Masiello
was an assistant coach at Manhattan College from 2001-05 and began his coaching
career at Tulane University in 2000-01. He played four years of basketball at
Kentucky from 1996-2000.
We ask all parties to
respect the privacy of our student athletes until this matter
Manhattan College will issue
further comment as soon as this expedited process is complete."
It would seem that determining whether Masiello has, or does not have, the degree that he has claimed on his resume since 2000 should be a relatively easy and quick process.
A variety of published reports quote officials from Kentucky as saying that Masiello does not have a degree from that school.
Whether Masiello can resolve that issue remains to be seen.
And, a number of published reports have indicated that having a college degree is a prerequisite for a coaching position at Manhattan.
Whether Manhattan would be willing to waive that requirement in deference to a coach who resurrected a downtrodden program and brought the school untold good will and positive publicity over his three seasons remains to be seen.