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Masiello on unpaid leave until he gets degree

Manhattan Retains Steve Masiello

NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Masiello will be reinstated as the head coach at Manhattan College as soon as he receives his degree from the University of Kentucky.

The school announced Monday that Masiello, who had been coach of the Jaspers for three seasons, will be on unpaid leave until he gets the degree. During his absence, associate head coach Matt Grady will lead the program.

Masiello, who has a 61-39 career record at Manhattan, led the Jaspers to a 28-5 record this season and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title. The Jaspers lost 71-64 to Louisville in the NCAA tournament.

Within four days of the loss to his former college coach and boss, Rick Pitino, Masiello agreed to become coach at South Florida. Then it came to light Masiello didn't get a degree from Kentucky and the job offer was rescinded.

Manhattan waited almost a week before revealing the decision to allow Masiello to return to his job.

"After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College," Manhattan president Brennan O'Donnell said in a statement.

He said Masiello intended to take summer courses after graduating but didn't. Masiello will complete his degree this summer, O'Donnell said.

Masiello said he is "extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity" the school is giving him.

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kk4ip April 08 2014 at 10:00 AM

IIt appears to be a matter of ethics rather than ability.

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bilhee April 08 2014 at 7:37 AM

Whoa…what did he say on his resume when he applied to be the Coach at Manhattan??? Did he say he graduated from Kentucky or not????..and "did not intentionally misrepresent himself" means exactly what??? "Oh I forgot..I never got a degree????"

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dollibug April 08 2014 at 7:30 AM

Being HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE SHOULD BE REQUIRED EVERYWHERE*****

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DocLagos April 08 2014 at 11:31 AM

Fantastic!!! He must be a really good guy for them to go out on a limb like this? Outstanding Manhattan, Outstanding!!!

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LMT April 08 2014 at 6:37 AM

Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College,"
REALLY?
He either had a degree or he didn't. So how is lying on a resume not intentional?

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BOB LMT April 08 2014 at 7:36 AM

In this day and age who cares ? Since when does a degree mean you can coach and what would that degree be in ? They sure dont teach common sense in college !

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rkelly6448 April 08 2014 at 6:27 AM

Maybe he can sign up for some online courses and pay someone to take them for him or just give him some life experience credits and call it a day.

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szab0413 April 08 2014 at 5:43 AM

A college coach that cheated. Hmm, who would have thunk it? Surprise, surprise, surprise. His only problem is he got caught.

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brackendj April 08 2014 at 11:49 AM

Nicely done, Manhattan College. Compassion is critical to quality living.

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nrb318 April 08 2014 at 11:51 AM

Good for him doing the right thing!!

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dbg1944 April 08 2014 at 1:43 PM

Would you like your brain surgeon to take his neurology boards the summer after your surgery? Not Me! It doesn't make him a better surgeon, but it sure makes him a more ethical one.

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