Steve Masiello appears to be the shortest tenured coach in USF history.

Tuesday, Masiello was reported to be the choice as new Bulls men's basketball coach, but the school apparently pulled the offer. According to the Tampa Tribune the search firm used to help hire Masiello found a previously unnoticed discrepancy in its background check on Masiello.

If true USF will return to its search to replace Stan Heath.

Masiello went 60-39 in three years at Manhattan, which recently pushed Louisville in the NCAA tournament. The game was tied with two minutes left. Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino, who Masiello played for at Kentucky, gave a ringing endorsement for him to take the USF job.

But apparently the firm of Eastman & Beaudine, which was paid a reported $60,000 to help conduct the search, found something that caused a significant concern.

According to the Tribune USF was "forced to kill the deal" wit Masiello.

Head HERE for that full story, which indicates Gators assistant John Pelphrey and Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White as candidates.

Here's how USF guard Corey Allen Jr. responded early Wednesday.


UPDATE: Tampa Bay Times USF Beat Writer Joey Knight is reporting that negotiations between the school and Masiello came to a halt after it was revealed that the former Kentucky Wildcat never graduated from UK, despite listing receiving a "Communications Degree" from the university on both his Manhattan coaching bio and assistant coaching bio when he was at Louisville.   

According to Knight, Masiello's head coach while at Kentucky and eventual boss at Louisville, Rick Pitino, told ESPN that he is shocked by the latest report and added, "I left (Kentucky) the previous year and he was on track to graduate."

After the initial report that Masiello was taking the job left vacant by fired Bulls coach Stan Heath, WDAE and other media outlets waited to hear official word from South Florida, but an announcement never came.

At the time of this update, new Bulls Athletic Director Mark Harlan has yet to comment on the situation, but USF athletic department spokesman confirmed early Wednesday morning the search process for its new head basketball coach is ongoing.