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Emotional time for Manhattan and Masiello who was placed on Leave

In what has to be the most emotional moments for the staff, fans of Manhattan College and even for one Steve Masiello, who is now on the road to possible redemption.

Steve Masiello. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Steve Masiello. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Masiello had just completed taking the Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team to a 25-8 season and their first MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament since 2004, and on Friday was mere moments away from playing Cinderella against his former mentor Rick Pitino and his very tough Louisville team.

It was sometime after that the rumors had begun that Masiello had started to look into The University of South Florida Men’s Basketball Head Coaching position. The story first broke on Steve being a candidate for the position by CBS’ Gary Parrish, suddenly broke down between Steve being the Coach for USF as there is a question of the validity of head men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello’s undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

Manhattan released this statement on Thursday regarding Masiello:

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.

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 is resolved.

Manhattan College will issue further comment as soon as this expedited process is complete.

So now Masiello will have to look for answers while both fans, supporters and alumni for two schools wait to hear back and all hope for the truth and honesty in the rest of this matter.

 

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