False Claim About Degree May Cost a Coach 2 Jobs

March 27, 2014

The University of South Florida backed off of plans to hire Steve Masiello as head basketball coach after finding out that he never earned the bachelor's degree he claimed to have from the University of Kentucky, The Tampa Tribune reported. The search firm used by the university for the search uncovered the falsehood. (Masiello attended but never graduated from Kentucky.) South Florida requires its head coaches to have bachelor's degrees. Masiello hasn't commented on the issue, but he may now be in danger at his current institution, Manhattan College, where his official biography has included the degree from Kentucky. The New York Daily News reported that Masiello has been placed on leave. A statement from the college said:  "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 Kentucky. 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."

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