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.
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.
Louisville Cardinals (6-1, 2-1) @ South Florida Bulls (2-4, 2-0)
Date: Saturday October 26, 2013
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium- Tampa, FL
Time: 12:00 PM ET
TV Crew: Beth Mowens, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: 840 WHAS AM
Radio Crew: Paul Rogers, Craig Swabek, Doug Ormay
#3 Louisville (14-1, 2-0) vs South Florida (9-5, 0-2)
Saturday January 12, 2013
4:00 KFC Yum! Center