When Pitt and Kevin Stallings parted ways, there was a palpable sense of relief from camp Panther: at least we’re done with that guy.
Well not so fast.
Turns out Stallings left a little stink bomb behind for Jeff Capel’s program and the NCAA dropped it off with Pitt Thursday: Stallings committed several Level II violations and did so knowingly and tried to conceal them. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“Between June 2016 and March 2018, Stallings instructed and permitted non-coaching staff members to perform NCAA-defined coaching duties that included instructing during practice, leading film sessions and providing input at halftime of competitions. As a result, the program exceeded the permissible number of countable coaches.
“The NCAA’s statement also said Stallings ‘developed an alert system’ to ensure those impermissible staff members wouldn’t be caught on the practice floor coaching the players. In addition, Stallings ‘ordered the deletion of practice video in an apparent attempt to prevent the administration from confirming violations had occurred,’ according to the resolution.
“Under Stallings, Pitt also produced personalized recruiting videos for 12 prospective athletes, showing the videos to prospects during their visits to campus, between May 2017 and September 2017.”
Obviously it’s not like he robbed a bank or anything and most people agree the NCAA’s rules are obtuse at best.
Nonetheless, he agreed to abide by them when he took the job and did not.
So the NCAA has also hit him with a three-year show-cause penalty.
It’s not like there’s a line of employers lining up to hire him and realistically, his disastrous tenure at Pitt probably killed his coaching career and probably wrecked whatever reputation he had from Vanderbilt.
Still, it’s at least embarrassing and lands Pitt with three years of probation, though there will be no scholarship reductions or postseason restrictions.