Report: Masiello’s deal with USF off because of resume problem

Steve Masiello reportedly will not be taking over at South Florida.

The University of South Florida has pulled its five-year offer for Steve Masiello to become its next head coach, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reports the decision was made after a background check revealed Masiello never graduated from the University of Kentucky –€“ as he had claimed on his resume.

On Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported Masiello would take over at USF after three seasons as Manhattan’s head coach. But The Tampa Tribune was first to report that the deal was off as of Tuesday night.

Although Masiello attended Kentucky from 1996-2000, a university spokeswoman told ESPN that he never graduated. On the official Manhattan and Louisville websites –€“ Masiello served as an assistant coach at Louisville from 2005-11 — Masiello is credited with earning a degree in communications from Kentucky.

This season, Masiello guided the Jaspers to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title, which earned them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The team lost its second-round game to Louisville.