Manhattan reinstates Masiello after he completes degree

Steve Masiello is coming off a 28-win season with Manhattan.

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Steve Masiello was reinstated as the head coach at Manhattan after completing the required coursework to earn his degree from the University of Kentucky.

Masiello, who has coached the Jaspers for three seasons, was on unpaid leave while finishing the work. Masiello led the Jaspers to a 28-5 record last 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 Then it came to light Masiello didn’t get a degree from Kentucky, and the job offer was rescinded.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.

"€œWe are happy to have Coach Masiello back on campus,"€ Manhattan athletics director Noah LeFevre said. "€œWe are pleased he was able to complete his academic requirements in order to enable his return. His presence will greatly benefit our men’s basketball student-athletes and the entire program."€

Masiello, who has a 61-39 career mark at Manhattan, said he is ”extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity” the school is giving him. He will receive the degree in August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.