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Pitt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings fired after two seasons

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Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday morning that the University of Pittsburgh will part ways with Stallings, who went 24-41 in two seasons as head coach of the men's basketball program.

Stallings, who coached this year's team to a historically bad 8-24 record with an 0-18 mark in ACC play, will be owed roughly $9.4 million for a buyout, as the coach was hired by former Athletic Director Scott Barnes to the tune of a six-year deal.

"I want to express my appreciation to Coach Stallings for his commitment to our program,” Lyke said in a press release sent out by the athletic department Wednesday morning. “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.”

Coaching at Vanderbilt for 17 seasons prior to his move to Pittsburgh, Stallings replaced 13-year head coach Jamie Dixon after his departure for TCU in 2016.

Pitt carried a 227 RPI ranking, while carrying the distinction as the only team in Division 1 basketball to go winless in conference play.

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