Pitt Football, Basketball Hit with NCAA Sanctions

By Matthew Filipovits on February 20, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Oct 18, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi reacts to a call with an official against the Syracuse Orange during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pitt football and basketball programs were hit with sanctions on Thursday afternoon after it was reported the teams had committed coaching violations from 2015 to 2018.

Former head men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings allowed non-coaching staff members to perform what were deemed to be coaching duties, putting the Panthers over the number of permissible coaches. Stallings also attempted to hide violations by deleting practice film and also produced personalized videos to show recruits while on campus. Stallings was fired after going 24-41 in two seasons, including on 0-18 mark in ACC play during the 2017-18 season.

Similarly, the football program had quality control coaches perform impermissible coaching activities, putting them over the countable coaches limit on a handful of occasions.

The athletic program will be placed on probation for three seasons, Pat Narduzzi will be forced to sit out two days of practice in August, and some minor recruiting restrictions will be put into effect.

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