Pharos-Tribune

April 8, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 8


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Lewis Cass schedules boys basketball banquet

WALTON — Lewis Cass High School will hold its boys basketball banquet at 2 p.m. Sunday. This will be desserts only for players, managers, cheerleaders and coaches in grades 9-12.

Those attending are asked to bring their favorite dessert and place setting.

Caston announces schedule changes

FULTON — Caston’s softball and baseball games scheduled for Monday were postponed because of rain.

Caston’s home softball game against Culver was rescheduled for 5 p.m. on May 1. The Comets’ baseball game at Culver was rescheduled for 5 p.m. on May 13.

Caston’s junior varsity baseball game against North White was rescheduled for 5 p.m. on April 22 at Caston.

Manhattan gives coach a second chance

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Masiello will be reinstated as the head coach at Manhattan College as soon as he receives his degree from the University of Kentucky.

The school announced Monday that Masiello, who had been coach of the Jaspers for three seasons, will be on unpaid leave until he gets the degree. During his absence, associate head coach Matt Grady will lead the program.

Masiello led the Jaspers to a 28-5 record this season and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title. The Jaspers lost 71-64 to Louisville in the NCAA tournament.

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 Then it came to light Masiello didn’t get a degree from Kentucky and the job offer was rescinded.

Manhattan waited almost a week before revealing the decision to allow Masiello to return to his job.

“After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College,” Manhattan president Brennan O’Donnell said in a statement.

Auburn brings in Person as assistant coach

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn All-American and NBA player Chuck Person is returning to the school as an assistant coach.

New coach Bruce Pearl announced the hiring Monday of the Tigers’ leading career scorer.

“This is a pretty special day for Auburn basketball and the Auburn family,” Pearl said. “I’m honored to have a person of Chuck’s caliber join me in this challenge to coach this team. As he said, he’s coming home.

“He’s got experience beyond his years. He’s got a resume that would support him being a head coach at the highest level in this game.”

The 6-foot-8 Person was a two-time All-America from 1983-86, finishing with a school-record 2,311 points. Nicknamed the Rifleman, he led Auburn to the Elite Eight in the 1986 NCAA tournament and spent 14 years in the NBA after getting drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the fourth overall pick.

Person, 49, was an assistant coach with five NBA teams from 2000-13 and had been coaching in South Korea.

Person hasn’t graduated but said he has worked out a plan with Auburn’s academic staff and will finish his degree “very quickly.” He said the lack of a degree came up in his previous interview with Auburn.