It appeared that every outlet had Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello receiving and accepting an offer from South Florida of the American Athletic Conference for the same position less than 24 hours ago.
The 36-year old head coach who just made his first NCAA tournament was, by all reports, offered, accepted and may have even signed a five-year contract, but late last night an apparent ‘red flag’ emerged when the Texas-based search firm of Eastman & Beaudine found a problem.
ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reports that the red flag was a resume discrepancy: that Masiello never graduated from the University of Kentucky. In Masiello’s biography at Manhattan, the second to last paragraph says that he is “A 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications.”
Earlier this afternoon, the University of South Florida released a statement on their potential hiring of Maisello that outlined most of the basic facts known at this point.
“During the search for a new men’s basketball coach, an agreement in principle was reached by USF and candidate Steve Masiello,” the school said in a statement. “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. The national search continues and USF looks forward to introducing a new coach at the appropriate time.”