Manhattan to retain head coach Steve Masiello

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Steve Masiello will be reinstated as the head coach at the school as soon as he receives his degree from the University of Kentucky.

The school said Monday that Masiello will be on unpaid leave until he gets the degree.

Masiello said he is “extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity” the school is giving him.

Within four days of a loss to his former college coach and boss, Rick Pitino, in the NCAA Tournament, Masiello agreed to become coach at South Florida. Then it came to light Masiello didn’t get a degree from Kentucky and the job offer was rescinded.

OKLAHOMA STATE: Guard Marcus Smart has declared for the NBA Draft.

Smart told The Daily Oklahoman he has hired an agent. The sophomore participated in Senior Night. He averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season.

AUBURN: Ex-Auburn star and NBA player Chuck Person is returning to the school as an assistant coach.

“I’m honored to have a person of Chuck’s caliber join me in this challenge to coach this team,” new coach Bruce Pearl said. “He’s got experience beyond his years. He’s got a résumé that would support him being a head coach at the highest level in this game.”

Person was a two-time All-America from 1983-86, finishing with a school-record 2,311 points. He led Auburn to the Elite Eight in the 1986 NCAA Tour­nament


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