Pitt fires Stallings after winless ACC season

Pittsburgh fired men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings after just two seasons, the school announced Thursday morning.

Stallings, hired in 2016 after a 17-year run at Vanderbilt, was signed to a six-year contract by former athletic director Scott Barnes after Jamie Dixon left to coach TCU. Stallings' deal reportedly includes a buyout of more than $9 million if fired without cause, though the two sides are negotiating payment to Stallings, according to a report from ESPN.

"I want to express my appreciation to Coach Stallings for his commitment to our program," Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement. "In moving forward, we have tremendous expectations for our men's basketball program at Pitt and I believe we can achieve great things within the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally. A national search for the next Pitt head coach will begin immediately."

The Panthers were the only Division I team in the country not to win a conference game this season, going 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 8-24 overall. Stallings led the team to a 16-17 record (4-14 ACC) in his first season.

Pitt's season ended with a 67-64 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the ACC tournament on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 11:52

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