Pittsburgh Panthers coach Kevin Stallings made some noise recently, as he allowed a blowout loss to the Louisville Cardinals get in his head.
Following the Cardinals putting a beat down on the Panthers, Stallings was heard yelling at some fans.
The maligned coach supposedly turned to fans at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center and said, “At least we didn’t pay our guys $100,000” and “We didn’t pay our guys 100 grand, though,” according to a recording provided by WHAS reporter Whitney Harding.
The comment stems from the now well known FBI probe, which helped aid Louisville in firing Rick Pitino.
Pitino, who has remained defiant during this entire ordeal, is apparently not a huge fan of Stallings.
While your gut reaction is to never agree with the Al Pacino lookalike, Stallings isn’t exactly known as one of the more refined people in college basketball. You might remember him from such hits as “being the guy who regularly blocks transfers” or the man who once told one of his own players that “I’ll (bleeping) kill you.”
For his part, Stallings swears he yelled at fans for the kids.
“Somebody said something bad about my players. I’m just going to stick up for my players,” Stallings said. “Probably said the wrong thing, but I’m not going to let people talk crap about my players.
“We’re down, the game’s over with, you don’t need to insult kids who are out there trying to fight hard and do their best. So like I said, I probably should have chosen some different words, but I’m not going to let people take shots at our players.”
Picking a side between Stallings and Pitino would be like the (then) WWF forcing you to choose between rooting for either Battle Kat or Bastion Booger. There’s no one actually worth rooting for.
We all lose.