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Manhattan officially reinstates coach Steve Masiello

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

It's been a tumultuous three months for Steve Masiello, but it seems he's finally back to where it began: as the head coach of Manhattan.

The Jaspers officially reinstated Masiello on Friday afternoon.

"We are happy to have Coach Masiello back on campus. We are pleased he was able to complete his academic requirements in order to enable his return. His presence will greatly benefit our men's basketball student-athletes and the entire program," athletic director Noah D. LeFevre said in a statement.

"I am extremely grateful to Manhattan for the opportunity to return as its men's basketball coach,” Masiello said. “I also am happy to have completed the requirements for my degree."

Masiello had been on leave since late March, after it was revealed he never graduated from Kentucky in 2000, as his resume indicated. Masiello had previously agreed on a five-year deal to become the next head coach of South Florida, but discussions fell apart when the USF-hired search firm found the degree-related discrepancy in his background check.

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