Former ISU coach gets three-year show cause penalty for NCAA violations

Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Kevin Stallings reacts to a play against the Syracuse Orange during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)


By Neil Doyle

NORMAL – Former Illinois State basketball coach Kevin Stallings has been hit with a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA.

The penalty is part of a negotiated settlement with the University of Pittsburgh following an NCAA investigation into alleged rules violations by the school’s men’s basketball and football programs, according to Sports Illustrated.

Stallings, who wasn’t named in the report but was the Pitt coach when the violations occurred, allowed non-coaching staff members to regularly perform coaching duties.  This resulted in in the program exceeding the number of permissible coaches. The NCAA said at the direction of Stallings, the men’s basketball program deleted practice film in an attempt to hide the violations and prevent the administration from detecting it.

Stallings was at Pitt from 2016-2018. If Stallings is employed by a member school during the period of his show cause, he must be suspended from 30% of the first season of his employment.

He got his coaching start at ISU in 1993. Stallings is the last coach to lead the Redbirds to the NCAA Tournament in 1998.  After ISU, Stallings coached at Vanderbilt for 17 seasons.

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