Coaching search to cost USF minimum $60,000
TAMPA -- The same Texas-based search firm that placed new USF athletic director Mark Harlan with the Bulls is charging $60,000 to help the school find a new men's basketball coach.
The school provided the newest contract Monday upon a public-records request from the Tampa Bay Times. Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, a Rick Pitino protege who led the Jaspers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, is believed to be USF's top target for the job.
Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv and NBA.com, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday night Masiello is expected to meet with USF officials this week. Former Bulls coach Seth Greenberg said via Twitter on Sunday he expects the school to hire Masiello.
The flat $60,000 fee being charged by Eastman & Beaudine, among the most prominent search firms in college athletics, doesn't include monthly expenses.
The firm charged USF $100,000 (not including expenses) for its eight-week search for a new AD that ended with the hiring of Harlan, a senior associate AD at UCLA. Harlan officially started at USF on Monday.