In a story that I'll never understand (WHY IS THIS A BIG DEAL?), Manhattan College has placed coach Steve Masiello on leave while he reviews his degree status at the University of Kentucky. From ESPN:
Masiello had reached an agreement in principle to become coach at South Florida, but the agreement was then terminated after that school conducted a background check.
"As a result of a background check commissioned by the University of South Florida, Manhattan College has learned there is a question of the validity of head men's basketball coach Steve Masiello's undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky," reads a statement from Manhattan. "Masiello is currently in the process of reviewing his degree status with the University of Kentucky. Manhattan College has placed Masiello on leave while he completes this process with the university."
Kentucky spokesman Jay Blanton verified Masiello was a student there from 1996 to 2000, in the college of communication, but said he did not graduate. Masiello's bio on Manhattan's website says he graduated from Kentucky in 2000 with a degree in communications.
I'll ask again. Why is it a big deal?
"Hey guys, go practice your free throws."
"No way, coach! You didn't even graduate with a communications degree! U dum, stoopid!"
Like a communications degree is that impressive?