Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball guilty of NCAA violations involving practice coaches

Pittsburgh football and men's basketball programs have been sanctioned for NCAA rules violations related to an excessive number of individuals coaching during practice.

The findings released Thursday by the NCAA reveal men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings "instructed and allowed three noncoaching staff members to perform coaching duties, resulting in the program exceeding the number of permissible coaches."

Stallings employed an alert system designed to avoid detection of non-coaching staff on the court and directed the destruction of practice video in an apparent attempt to avoid the violations being discovered. The coach continued the system even after being warned by athletic department personnel. 

Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings reacts on the sidelines during a 2018 game against Wake Forest at the Petersen Events Center. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports)

Stallings, who was found to have not promoted an atmosphere for compliance, received a show-cause penalty for three years and must be suspended from 30% of the first season of his next employment. He was fired after the 2017-18 season – his second with the program – when the Panthers went 8-24 and were 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Also included in the punishment was limitations on the practice staff and hours of practice for the current program.

Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi was also sanctioned for instructing and being present when quality control coaches performed on-field duties. He must sit out two practices in August. The program must also limit its hours of practice and its number of countable coaches during sessions.

The athletic department was placed on three years probation and fined $5,000 plus 0.5% of the budgets for football and men's basketball.

Because the resolution was negotiated between the school and the NCAA, there was no formal hearing in the case and the penalties cannot be appealed. 

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