Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Steve Masiello ‘s lack of a college degree served as a deal breaker for a head coaching job with the University of South Florida.
USF athletic director Mark Harlan had reached an agreement Tuesday for five years at more than $1 million per season with Masiello, who is coming off a coaching stint with Manhattan College.
The deal was contingent on the accuracy of Masiello’s résumé, which included having earned a bachelor’s degree as prescribed by USF policy for full-time coaching hires.
The University of Kentucky Office of Public Relations confirmed that Masiello was a student there from 1996 to 2000 and was a walk-on basketball player but never received a degree.
Eastman & Beaudine, a Texas-based search firm that hired by USF, found the résumé discrepancy.
Masiello’s official biography with Manhattan College indicated that he is described a 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications.
Pitino told ESPN that he was “shocked” and “had no idea” Masiello never graduated from Kentucky. “When I left (UK for the NBA), he was on track to graduate,” Pitino said.
USF is replacing Stan Heath, who was fired March 14 after a 12-20 season, bringing his seven-year record to 97-130.