Dunlap: Pitt Seeking To Fire Stallings With Cause, Offers $4.8M

Stallings and Pitt at impasse

Colin Dunlap
March 09, 2018 - 5:27 am
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Kevin Stallings was given two choices by the University of Pittsburgh --- either accept $4.8 million to go away (essentially half his buyout) or be terminated, with cause, for his actions earlier this season in a game at Louisville. 

According to multiple sources, Stallings accepted neither and Pitt and the now-fired coach have not agreed on the financial terms of his dismissal, as he had a contract that called for a buyout of about $9.4M. 

According to sources, Stallings' contention is his behavior at Louisville did not rise to a level that violated a code of conduct in his contract nor was it justification for firing him with cause. 

In that January 2 loss at Louisville, Stallings turned to a heckling fan behind the Pitt bench and said "at least we didn't pay our guys $100,000." He also exclaimed loudly: "we didn't pay our guys 100 grand, though." The comments came after Louisville's highly-publicized pay-for-play scandal.

After the game Stallings apologized but also said his actions were a result of being a leader and felt it was his obligation to stick up for his team.  

In a meeting Thursday in which Stallings was terminated, 93.7 The Fan has learned the Pitt administration offered two paths for Stallings' impending departure. He could:

  •  Accept a reduced buyout of $4.8M, which works out to about half the sum of the buyout language in his contract. 


  • Not accept the $4.8M reduced buyout offer and be met with a "for cause" termination for his actions at Louisville, thus forfeiting the totality of his buyout. 

Multiple sources confirmed to 93.7 The Fan that Stallings was unwilling to accept either condition --- and a previously reported $7.5M reduced buyout was never formally offered at the meeting to him --- so his exact conditions in terms of separation from the University of Pittsburgh remain in flux.  

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke issued a statement Thursday saying, "I want to express my appreciation to Coach Stallings for his commitment to our program. 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."