Pitt basketball is already between a rock and a hard spot after Kevin Stallings led the team to an 8-25 record and went winless in the ACC, prompting his firing earlier this month. However, things got even worse on Friday.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, eight players are being granted their release and will seek to transfer out of the program.
Pitt was a tournament team under Jamie Dixon just two years ago but they made conditions favorable for Dixon to leave and take the head coaching position at TCU. Stallings was hired to run a team that returned a fair amount of its talent from that tournament team and could only manage a 16-17 record in his first season.
Obviously, things got significantly worse in their second season and Stallings was fired. Pitt is still battling Stallings over the buyout in his contract, even claiming that they may fire him with cause because of incendiary comments he was recorded making about Louisville to some hecklers in January.
Now, well over half of the 13 scholarship players they’re allowed are considering leaving the program. And, as we saw when Cam Johnson transferred from Pitt to North Carolina when Stallings was hired, things could get even worse if any of those players land at rival ACC schools.
Through all this, Pitt obviously has to hire a new basketball coach and attempt to compete in one of the nation’s toughest conferences. The only saving grace is that the eight players who sought their release are apparently willing to wait to see who the next coach will be before making any official decision on leaving, according to Rivals.com’s Corey Evans.
So Pitt basketball continues to be an absolute mess.
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