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Stallings named men's basketball head coach

Kevin Stallings was named the new Pitt men's basketball head coach Sunday, athletic director Scott Barnes announced.

The Kevin Stallings era in Pitt basketball begins. 

Athletic director Scott Barnes announced the hiring of the former Vanderbilt head coach as the new man to lead the Panthers Easter Sunday. 

"Coach Stallings and I share the same vision for Pitt -- playing in the Final Four," Barnes said in a statement released by the school. "Kevin has a successful track record recruiting the ACC footprint and beyond, and is one of the best coaches in the country at building an offense around talent."

Stallings spent 17 seasons coaching the Commodores. Vanderbilt compiled a 332-220 overall record and went 138-142 in Southeastern Conference play during Stallings' 17 seasons. 

The Commodores made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament in his tenure and advanced to the Sweet 16 twice, while winning the 2012 SEC Conference Tournament. Stallings earned SEC Coach of the Year twice while at Vanderbilt.

"I am extremely excited to join the University of Pittsburgh family," Stallings said in the release. "Pitt has a tremendous basketball tradition and I am looking forward to building on the excellent foundation that is in place on the court and in the classroom."

The hire presents a predicament for forward Sheldon Jeter, one of Pitt's top players and one of four players currently on the roster that will be seniors this fall. Jeter, a native of Beaver Falls, played his freshman year at Vanderbilt for Stallings but sought a transfer after the 2013 season ended. Vanderbilt blocked his transfer and Jeter attended classes at Polk State Junior College in Winter Haven, Fla., for a year before he could transfer back near his hometown.


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