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Update: Masiello will NOT be the next USF Head Coach

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

The following is from The Tampa Tribune. Apparently the “done deal” of Steve Masiello to South Florida has fallen through and won’t happen.

TAMPA — The University of South Florida’s search for a new men’s basketball coach hit a major snag late Tuesday night when USF learned that the man it was set to hire, Manhattan College coach Steve Masiello, had a previously undetected discrepancy in his background check, a source close to the coaching search told The Tampa Tribune.

USF was forced to kill the deal with Masiello.

That background-check information was discovered by Eastman & Beaudine, a Texas-based search firm that was paid $60,000 by USF to find candidates to replace Stan Heath, who was fired on March 14.

Masiello, 36, had agreed to a five-year contract with USF and signed the deal, believed to be worth more than $1 million per season, leaving only final details to be worked out.

The search is back on, and USF must turn to other candidates. Possibilities include University of Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey or Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White, whose team faces Florida State tonight for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament final four in New York.

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Steve Masiello Taking the USF Job

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that it is a done deal that Steve Masiello will be taking the South Florida head coaching job, leaving Manhattan after 3 seasons where he went 60-39 in that time.

Some people see this as a lateral move, some see it as a step up. I think it is a great opportunity for him to turn that program around and turn that into an offer to get somewhere better. Remember that Richard Pitino was at FIU for just one season before the Minnesota job came open.

So I definitely don’t see this as a destination job for Masiello, but you have other things to factor in. When they aren’t in the office or on the basketball court, coaches have to live their lives too. Steve Masiello, a 36 year old single guy, will now be living his life in Tampa, Florida while probably making over a million dollars per year. Good for him.

Good luck to Masiello at USF. He certainly showed me that he is one of the best young coaches in the country and I hope he succeeds there.

55 (Episode 19)

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This week…..on 55…..

As we come down to the last few episodes of 55, it’s only fitting that the end of the basketball season is near too. I just wish there was something to talk about. Oh yeah…we get uk again! So in the spirit of revenge on those we despise more than Digger Phelps (I may have went too far) here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

1) On Thursday night we opened up our defense of the National Championship with a tough game vs the Manhattan Jaspers, coached by former Louisville asst coach Steve Masiello. I like to believe we played the basketball version of a game called chess. Rick didn’t want to embarrass Mass so we played tit-for-tat (lol) and won the game when we needed to. Played smothering defense as well.

 

2) smother

3) Well that had the opposite effect than I intended

4) Nevertheless, we move onto our next conquest which are the mighty Billikens of Saint Louis. Top 10 team at times this year, former conference foes…what could scare us about the Billikens?

5) billiken

6) Oh yeah..That was creepy….in more ways then one

7) I digress

 

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Masiello: “They’re Basically the Bigger, Better Version of us”

Steve Masiello

Photo: thebiglead.com

ESPN.com’s Kieran Darcy published an article on Sunday night about the reaction that Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello had when the bracket popped up on the screen showing that their first round game would be against the Louisville Cardinals and his mentor, Rick Pitino. Needless to say, Masiello was not thrilled.

Just check out this opening of the article…

Steve Masiello didn’t raise his arms. He didn’t pump his fists. He didn’t jump out of his chair when he saw his team’s name pop up on the TV screen Sunday night — what should have been one of the best moments of his life. 

No, Steve Masiello closed his eyes. 

And when he opened them after a moment, he looked as though he’d just been punched in the gut. Because he had. 

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This Thursday could have been Russ Smith vs Louisville (his former team)

Photo: grantland.com

Photo: grantland.com

I think we are all finished believing the notion that the selection committee doesn’t look for story-lines when making the brackets. I haven’t even looked at a bracket yet, other than when they show up on TV, because for some reason I usually wait until I fill mine out on Tuesday or Wednesday to even look at them. This could be why I never do well. Anyways, even without looking, I do know that Dayton plays Ohio State, so that is a story right there.

For Louisville, there are plenty of story-lines just in their region. In the first game you have Pitino vs Masiello. Then there is a potential Sweet 16 match-up against Kentucky or Wichita State. Remember who the last team was that beat Wichita? On the bottom half of the bracket there are potential match-ups with Duke or Michigan. So Pitino vs Coach K in a rematch of last year’s Regional Final and of course Michigan would be a rematch of the National Championship.

This post is about the story-line that almost was, and thankfully never happened. Take yourself back 3 years ago. Louisville entered the NCAA Tournament and before you know it, Morehead State hit a buzzer beater and Louisville was out of the NCAA Tournament. As is usually the case in the offseason, a Pitino assistant coach got a head coaching job as Steve Masiello was named head coach at Manhattan. The thing that some people may forget is, he almost took a couple Cardinals with him. One was George Goode. The other? Russ Smith.

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Time and TV set for Louisville’s Game Thursday

Rick Pitino 2

The 4th seeded Louisville Cardinals will face off against the 13th seeded Manahttan Jaspers on Thursday night. The game will tip at approximately 9:50 pm and it will be shown on TNT. Here are the times and channels for the rest of the first round. And yes it is still the first round to me, not the “round of 64.”

From CBSSports.com

We find out the tip times for Saturday at the end of Thursday and Sunday at the end of Friday. Fans will also be able to access the games through NCAA March Madness on Demand. NCAA March Madness on Demand will provide live streaming video of every game of the new 68-team tournament as they are broadcast by CBS Sports and Turner Sports.

All times ET, with the second window of each game slated for 30 minutes after the scheduled conclusion of the first game. So those start times are approximate.

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