LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rick Pitino talked about his former assistant Steve Masiello, who has been placed on leave by Manhattan after it was discovered he had not graduated from Kentucky, as he had claimed.
Pitino told ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning that he expects a decision from the school soon, and that he's hoping the school will allow Masiello to complete his degree while working there as a coach. His comments:
"When I left Kentucky his junior year he was on line to graduate. Most of the kids are either three credits ahead or on line to graduate. He must have, second semester of senior year, taken a bunch of incompletes, gone to summer school, and didn't complete it. It's something that you cannot do. He had more than ample time to graduate. Now he's at the mercy of Manhattan, and I'm certainly hoping for compassion on their part.
"I think the answer is going to come down today or tomorrow, on what his fate may be. I feel awful. He got himself into this mess, he shouldn't have — the same situation as Eddie Jordan is at Rutgers, working on his degree while he's coaching and I'm hoping they give him that opportunity, because he deserves it, what he's done for Manhattan. I'm hoping they have compassion and don't look at it as lying or deceiving someone. It is, don't get me wrong, if you put something on your resume and it's not correct, then it is deceiving someone, but I'm hoping they forgive him, show him some compassion and let him move on, because he certainly deserves that opportunity."