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Steve Masiello Loses South Florida Job After Lying About Kentucky Graduation On Resume

Update: Masiello has been placed on leave at Manhattan while the school looks into his academic situation at Kentucky. More as we learn it.

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Earlier: Tuesday morning, Manhattan coach Steve Masiello verbally accepted a five-year offer worth more than $5 million dollars to become the next head coach at South Florida. But by Tuesday evening, that offer was rescinded after it was discovered that Masiello had lied on his resume. Wednesday morning, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that contrary to what the official websites of Louisville and Manhattan claim (as well as Masiello's resume itself), he did not graduate from Kentucky. Rick Pitino, who coached Masiello at Kentucky and later employed him on his staff at Louisville from 2005-2011, claims to be just as baffled as the rest of us.

"If it's accurate, I'm shocked by it," Pitino said. "I had no idea. I left the previous year, and he was on track to graduate."

The question now becomes whether Masiello will be able to retain his job with the Jaspers. He never actually resigned, so they'd most likely have to fire him, should they believe the negative publicity will hurt the program.

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As we've noted in the past, this isn't the first time a coach has lied on his resume, gotten caught, and gotten fired - George O'Leary is probably the most famous example that comes to mind. But as always, it's surprising to see how far along in the process some of these guys can get before the truth is revealed.