Masiello's lack of degree costs him USF hoop job

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HOUSTON - MARCH 28: Detail of basketballs before the third round game of the South Regional between the Stanford Cardinal and the Texas Longhorns as part of 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on March 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida's deal to hire Steve Masiello as its new basketball coach has fallen apart because the rising young star doesn't have a college degree.

The Bulls confirmed Wednesday that they had an agreement in principle to lure Masiello away from Manhattan, but that the contract was contingent on "a verification of credentials."

USF requires its basketball coach to have at least a bachelor's degree. The 39-year-old Masiello did not receive a degree after attending Kentucky, where he played for Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith from 1996 to 2000.

Masiello, a former assistant under Pitino at Louisville, was going to replace Stan Heath, who was fired this month.

Masiello has a 61-39 record in three years at Manhattan and 28-5 this season, before losing to Louisville in the NCAA tournament.


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