What should happen to basketball coach Steve Masiello?

Leading Off: Résumé fib costly for Manhattan’s Masiello

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 - 6:26 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 - 4:35 pm

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• Steve Masiello, who’s had a successful run as men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College that included a near-upset of Louisville last week in the NCAA Tournament, reportedly agreed Tuesday to a five-year contract worth more than $1 million per year to coach at South Florida. But, wait – a background check of Masiello’s résumé revealed that, no, he didn’t graduate from Kentucky. South Florida pulled the offer, and it’s unclear if Manhattan will welcome him back. That’s a costly lesson about honesty.

• One of the hottest matchups in the Sweet 16 is Friday when Kentucky plays Louisville in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Sure, they’re from the same mad-for-hoops state and both have rich traditions. And, while we usually don’t like giving attention to coaches over players, consider this: Louisville’s Rick Pitino, who once coached at Kentucky, is two wins from his third consecutive Final Four; Kentucky’s John Calipari is two wins from his third Final Four in four years. The madness will be out of hand in Kentucky.

• Sean and Archie Miller, the first brothers to coach in the same Sweet 16, are on course to meet in the NCAA championship game. Archie has 11th-seeded Dayton in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years. Sean has No. 1 seed Arizona in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. The Flyers need to beat Stanford today, the Florida-UCLA winner in Saturday’s South final, then the East champion. The Wildcats take on San Diego State today, then would need to beat the Wisconsin-Baylor winner in Saturday’s West final and the Midwest champion. Who needs the Harbaugh brothers?

– Tom Couzens


Today’s poll

What should happen to basketball coach Steve Masiello ?

• Manhattan should fire him.

• Manhattan should take him back.

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday’s results

What’s your take on the incident involving Shaquille O’Neal?

• It was simply horseplay: 55%

• He’s too big to act that way: 18%

• He’s too old to act that way: 12%

• Assault is assault, no matter the intent: 15%

Total votes: 131

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