Coach Masiello Placed on Leave by Manhattan

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Manhattan College placed men’s head basketball coach Steve Masiello on leave Wednesday.

The decision was made after Masiello had his agreement to become the head men’s basketball coach at South Florida reneged after the school found the coach may have had false information on his resume about receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

Manhattan says Masiello hasn’t resigned as the school’s head men’s basketball coach.

“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,” Manhattan College said in a statement. “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.”

Kentucky spokesman Jay Blanton confirmed Masiello attended the school from 1996-2000 but that he didn’t graduate.

Masiello led the Jaspers to the second round of the NCAA tournament this season where his team nearly upset Louisville.

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