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Manhattan's Steve Masiello loses South Florida job for lying on resume

Manhattan's Steve Masiello loses South Florida job for lying on resume
Steve Masiello won't be coaching at South Florida next season. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

It never pays to lie, especially on your resume. Former Georgia Tech football coach George O'Leary found out years ago when he lost the Notre Dame job for fudging his credentials.

Manhattan basketball Coach Steve Masiello found out this week when he lost the head coaching job at South Florida after it was revealed he erroneously stated on his resume that he had graduated from the University of Kentucky.

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The bio in Manhattan's media guide stated Masiello graduated in 2000 with a degree in communications.

Masiello, who led Manhattan to the NCAA tournament this year, was a student at Kentucky from 1996-2000. He was a walk-on player for coach Rick Pitino and also stayed on to work for coach Tubby Smith.

Pitino, now the coach at Louisville, told ESPN he was shocked to learn Masiello had not graduated.

"When I left [for the NBA] he was on track to graduate," Pitino said.

South Florida will resume its search and it's unclear whether Masiello will be accepted back at Manhattan.

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