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 NCAA.com.