The episode was embarrassing and easily could have ended with Steve Masiello looking for work. But Manhattan chose to go another route, one that will allow a successful coach to stay where he is.
Steve Masiello’s status as basketball coach at Manhattan College remains in limbo.
The Jaspers are suddenly without a head coach after winning the MAAC title and nearly upsetting Louisville in the NCAA tournament, according to CBSSports.com.
The 13th-seeded Jaspers looked entirely capable of pulling off the biggest upset on the first full day of the NCAA tournament. Until Louisville’s two most reliable players took over.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had no problem with his team’s NCAA Tournament seeding. It was the pairing that drew his ire.
Will this year’s Cinderella team hail from right here in the Big Apple? The Manhattan Jaspers sure hope so.
Andujar is a 6’6”, 205-pound point forward. He can handle the ball like a guard and draw bigger defenders out of the lane.
Syracuse University advertises itself as “New York’s College Team.” St. John’s boasts, “We Are New York’s Team.” If we’re talking about New York City, Manhattan College may have the best case.
Iona and Manhattan, two schools separated by fewer than 10 miles, will play for the MAAC championship in Springfield, MA.
Rutgers’ expected hiring of Eddie Jordan also means that Scarlet Knights associate head coach David Cox will likely remain on the coaching staff, per multiple sources close to the situation.
Steve Masiello, who was an assistant under Pitino for six years at Louisville, once told me he planned to incorporate 99.9% of what he learned from his mentor into his own program. And that’s exactly what’s happened.
Tomorrow at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the MAAC Coach of the Year will be named. I’ll be up there co-hosting the event – and here are my thoughts about the award this year.
In the spirit of the Oscars, ladies and gentlemen, here are your nominees…
Tenacious on defense and unselfish on offense, Manhattan looks like a Triple A version of the Cardinals, which was evident from the opening tip in the 81-47 win over Fordham.
If opposing coaches don’t know of Manhattan freshman forward Emmy Andjuar, they’d better become aware quickly.