The Case for Honesty

A story has come out in the past day or so that can serve as a good reminder for anybody in any profession: Don’t lie on you resume. For those who have a life and don’t eat, sleep and drink sports, you can find the story of college basketball coach Steve Masiello here. Now, it’s important to note that we don’t have Coach Masiello’s side of the story yet, so I hate to drag a good man’s name through the mud. However, the facts in this instance seem fairly cut and dry. The obvious questions, of course, is why? Why would a coach need or want to lie on his resume? I can tell you why; coaching is a TOUGH gig. It’s cutthroat, it’s stressful and it is absolutely next man up. If you can’t handle the job, if you don’t exactly fill the needs of the position, there are 5 more guys waiting for it. I can see a few scenarios here. The most obvious being he really wanted a job at Louisville under Coach Rick Petino and said he graduated to make his resume look better. Is it wrong? Of course. Can I see exactly why he did it? Yup. Coach Masiello had played for Coach Petino and let’s face it, Petino can coach. If you want to go places, you find the Petino’s, the coach K’s, and the Callipari’s of the basketball world and you learn everything you can from them. It worked too, because Coach Masiello is 60-39 after 3 years as head coach at Manhattan and even got the virtually unknown team into the NCAA Tournament this year. Of course, this is all speculation. The case can also be made that Manhattan should have checked his credentials a little closer and this would have all been avoided.

Obviously, this is a problem for Steve Masiello. It’s yet to be determined if Manhattan is going to take him back. Heck, he might not even qualify for the job he’s held since 2011 anymore! He already said good bye to his players and packed his things. He would have to face the players, their families, the administration and his fans, all of whom probably wonder how much they can trust Coach now that this has come to light. How can a coach tell his players to live with honesty, integrity and do the right thing when it looks at this moment like he has done anything but for the last almost decade. By all accounts, he is a great coach. He’s learned under some of the best. It would be a shame to see such a bright future to come to such an ending. I have no doubt that whatever his motivation was for lying on his resume, Coach Masiello doesn’t think it was worth it today. This is a good lesson for everyone. Most of us won’t fall from grace as publicly as Steve Masiello, but the lesson is the same. Just be honest. If you’re honest, you don’t have to keep track of your lies. 

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