Pittsburgh might have misplaced the sport, however not less than they received the disagreement.
Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings responded to unruly Louisville followers in the course of the closing minutes of the Panthers’ 77-51 loss Tuesday by citing the Cardinals’ most up-to-date recruiting scandal.
As followers continued to heckle Stallings and Pitt gamers, Stallings might be heard shouting, “At the least we didn’t pay our guys $100,000.”
Stallings’ retort was an apparent reference to Louisville’s involvement within the FBI’s wide-ranging faculty basketball investigation, which revealed Louisville, together with Adidas, funneled $100,000 to highschool prospect Brian Bowen to persuade the five-star recruit to signal with this system.
Stallings refused to apologize for his remark, as an alternative saying he was merely defending his gamers who had been being harassed by unruly followers.
“Any person mentioned one thing dangerous about my gamers. I will stick up for my gamers,” Stallings mentioned. “I in all probability mentioned the incorrect factor, however I am not going to let folks discuss crap about my gamers. We’re down, the sport is over with, you need not insult youngsters who’re on the market attempting to struggle onerous and do their greatest.”
Corridor of Fame coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich had been each fired by Louisville on account of the FBI’s investigation.
Bowen, who mentioned he “didn’t know something” concerning the fee, was suspended by Louisville shortly after information of the investigation broke.