USF ends pursuit of Masiello over resume inaccuracies

Steve Masiello guided Manhattan to a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014.

"Through the verification process it was determined the candidate’s credentials could not be substantiated and therefore he did not meet the requirements for the position," USF said in a brief statement. "The national search continues and USF looks forward to introducing a new coach at the appropriate time."

Manhattan said in a statement that it "learned there is a question of the validity" of Masiello’s degree after South Florida commissioned a background check.

"Masiello is currently in the process of reviewing his degree status with the University of Kentucky," the statement said. "Manhattan College has placed Masiello on leave while he completes this process with the university."

— The Associated Press contributed to this report