Jim Calhoun on Masiello: “I’d Take Him Back”


In the middle of the controversy with Manhattan’s basketball coach Steve Masiello, Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, who won three national titles at Connecticut, says that he thinks Manhattan should take him back.

Calhoun told told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor that if he cleans up his mess, Masiello is a hot commodity.

“I’d take him back,” Calhoun said. “We have a semi-parallel situation at Rutgers, where (Eddie Jordan) didn’t have his degree, and they kept him. Why did they hire him in the first place? Why was Manhattan going to extend their offer to Coach Masiello? Because they want him. … So, he’s the same guy he was before, and he made an error on his resume, and he’s going to have to fix that up and get his degree, I’m sure. But I would take him back in a heartbeat.”

Manhattan spokesman Peter McHugh told the New York Times that a bachelor’s degree is required of Manhattan’s coach. In regards to Masiello’s future at Manhattan, McHugh says if the school determines he has no degree, the school administration will determine what to do next.

Masiello had reached an agreement to become coach at South Florida, but the agreement has since been terminated after the school conducted a background check.

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