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Cheat To Lose: Kevin Stallings popped for cheating while losing at Pitt

( Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Stallings’ career isn’t what it once was back when he was coaching Shan Foster and AJ Ogilvy and Matt Freije and John Jenkins and hanging Sweet Sixteen banners, two of them, in Nashville. Stallings was last seen sucking for two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he was also cheating, apparently.

News spread today that Stallings was gifted a three-year show cause penalty from the NCAA for level II coaching violations at Pitt. From 2016 to 2018, when Pitt won a grand total of four ACC games, Stallings had non-coaching staff members coaching in practice and he went to great lengths to keep it hidden.

“The agreement said the former men’s basketball coach developed an alert system to ensure noncoaching staff would not be caught on the practice floor coaching student-athletes,” the NCAA release reads. “The former head coach also ordered the deletion of practice video in an apparent attempt to prevent the administration from confirming violations had occurred.”

Stallings had been warned to stop by administrators, yet he continued to delegate coaching responsibilities to non-coaches, exceeding the number of permissible coaches per NCAA rules.

“The former men’s basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere for compliance, according to the agreement,” the release reads. “The former men’s basketball coach was involved directly in the violations, and he did not end the violations after being warned by athletics department administrators.”

“The agreement also said the men’s basketball program impermissibly produced personalized recruiting videos for 12 prospects to watch during their official or unofficial visits to campus.”

To recap: Stallings was letting other people coach his team, ignored everyone who told him to stop, then designed an alert and a cover-up system so he could keep doing it. His program also made impermissible hype videos for recruits, which seems like a dumb rule in the first place.

Also, Pitt went 0-18 in the ACC in Kevin Stallings’ second year. Cheat to lose!

Read more about the penalties to Pitt basketball, the sins of its football program and more on

Article written by Drew Franklin

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16 Comments for Cheat To Lose: Kevin Stallings popped for cheating while losing at Pitt

  1. BobKYCats
    2:53 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    Well, at least he didn’t pay his players $100,000.

  2. kentuckybackupplayer
    2:54 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    he would be a perfect candidate to take over for ole roy and UNCheat. fake classes combined with fake coaches.

  3. ClutchCargo
    3:09 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    When asked for comment, Kevin “Homer Simpson” Stallings said “I tried my best and failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.”

  4. Realme
    3:17 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    It’s almost like being a crappy / neglectful coach and failing is a worse form of cheating than paying players or faking their academic eligibility and succeeding.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:28 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      It is definitely the most high risk/low reward form of cheating. The only thing it does is make your boss and the NCAA mad at you. lol

    • ClutchCargo
      3:30 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      Oh, I see what you’re saying though. Yeah, about the only thing the NCAA does consistently is whack coaches who do something relatively minor and then lie about it.

  5. JASUN74
    3:54 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    Rules are rules and while this isn’t bad, he’ll have to pay for it. I think the worst rule in the college game is practice limits with Coach’s. If a kid wants to get in there and get better he should be able to have a coach give him instructions if he wants, no matter how long he wants to practice!!

    The NC2A is sooo petty with some of these 1960 rules still being applied to today’s basketball players. Just anyway to have power over someone I guess. Haha. Kinda like a strict Parent or a asshole spouse. Haha.

    I do know we’re awful lucky to have John Calipari as our Coach, and that’s a Fact!!

  6. bbn606
    5:29 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    And he beat Anthony Davis and company in 2012. Surely, he was cheating. No way we lose that In a fair game.

  7. mashburnfan1
    5:36 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

    You all do know that our coach has had wins vacated at both his previous jobs for cheating. Funny how we make fun of others, accuse others every time a recruit goes to another school, yet our own has been caught (not once) twice.

    • CrystalBall
      6:00 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      Those wins were not vacated because of something Cal did or didn’t do. But am sure you must know this.

    • Corder
      6:26 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      He also didn’t vacate those wins at Kentucky. If those things had happened at Kentucky then your point might hold some merit but once agin a fail is all you bring to the table.

    • CrystalBall
      6:31 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      “Ignorance and envy will fuel rumors that get repeated until they morph into commonplace.”

    • StillBP
      7:34 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      Prime example of Bummy cherry picking his “facts” to fit his agenda. Were wins vacated? Sure. Was Cal himself ever implicated in either incident? Nope. Stallings clearly broke rules. Cal’s players broke rules.

    • CrystalBall
      10:28 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      I can’t believe someone still has false info on this story, or even thinks it is relavent.

    • CrystalBall
      10:41 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      My bad. Relevant.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:48 am February 21, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t try to confuse Trashburn with facts, his narrow little mind is already made up.