Manhattan coach Steve Masiello never graduated from the University of Kentucky, as indicated on his résumé, and his falsifying this information eliminated him from getting the University of South Florida job, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. On the Manhattan and Louisville official websites -- Masiello was an assistant at Louisville from 2005 to 2011 before becoming head coach at Manhattan in 2011 -- it indicated he was a 2000 graduate of Kentucky with a degree in communications. However, Masiello did not graduate from Kentucky, UK spokeswoman Ashley Caressen told ESPN. Masiello attended UK from the fall of 1996 to the summer of 2000 but never earned his degree, Caressen said. Caressen said Masiello contacted the UK's registrar office on Tuesday, but she said his conversation with the registrar's office "was confidential." Jason Charney, Masiello's agent, declined comment Wednesday. Numerous attempts to reach Masiello have been unsuccessful. Rick Pitino, who coached Masiello as a freshman at Kentucky in 1997 and had him on his staff at Louisville, was stunned by the news as the Cardinals are preparing for their NCAA tournament game against the Wildcats. "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." Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich told ESPN.com that he was unaware that Masiello had not graduated from Kentucky.
Sources: Masiello lied to USF, didn't graduate
ESPN | Mar 26