South Florida has pulled an offer to Manhattan head basketball coach Steve Masiello after a discrepancy in his background check. On Wednesday, The Tampa Tribune reported that Masiello lied on his resume and never completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky. Per The Tampa Tribune
The UK Office of Public Relations confirmed to The Tampa Tribune that Masiello was a student there from 1996 to 2000. He was a walk-on basketball player for Coach Rick Pitino in his first year, then Coach Tubby Smith for his final three seasons. According to UK records, Masiello never received a degree.
In Masiello's official biography with Manhattan College, he is described as “a 2000 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications.''
According to a source close to USF's coaching search, Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan had reached an agreement Tuesday on a five-year contract with Masiello, who would be paid more than $1 million per season. The document was signed, but it was contingent on the verification of his résumé.