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January 24, 2017

7pm, ESPNU.

Welp, this should be… something.

After Jamel Artis put the team on his back and nearly dragged them to an improbable comeback two weeks ago, you can bet Louisville Coach Rick Pitino has his team zeroed in on making sure Artis is defended at all times. Very likely with some double-teams and trying to trap as much as possible.

In theory, this should open things up for other Pitt players on the court to have opportunities with open looks and open drives to the basket. Whether that translates to points is anyone’s guess.

Of course, the game takes on a secondary feel after yesterday.

In the media availability session yesterday, Coach Kevin Stallings set the tone by talking about the team’s struggle to be willing to play defense and a lack of leadership. You can watch the videos of interviews on the game notes page.

I’m not saying all of it was laid at the feet of the seniors. But most of it was.

“I haven’t got them to buy into the way we have to play defensively,” Stallings said. “I haven’t got them to buy into the way we need to communicate, the way we need to support each other, the way we have to fight when adversity hits.”

Stallings conceded Pitt is restricted by its lack of depth, especially with top sub Ryan Luther (foot) still “weeks away” from returning. But the team does have the perceived advantage of four senior starters. Young, Jeter, Jamel Artis and Chris Jones came into this season with a combined total of 400 career games played.

“These seniors have some things they are comfortable with, but if there is any deviation, the comfort leaves,” Stallings said. “Even though it might not be the best way to attack a particular defense, I have to be mindful of putting these guys in situations that they are more comfortable in, rather than being more strategic.”

So, their comfortable with all the freedom on offense, but not so much when actually asked to do something on defense. Promising.

Senior Sheldon Jeter admitted he “checked out a little bit” in frustration during two practices after Pitt’s loss to N.C. State last week.

Senior Michael Young, a four-year starter, talked about the difficulty of setting an example for younger teammates.

Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

The issue, at least as far as Stallings sees it, is that the seniors don’t want to lead.

“I think what I probably overestimated would be the value of that experience and how it would pertain to leadership and how it would pertain to bringing other guys along,” Stallings said. “The successful programs I’ve been in and the teams I’ve had and the programs I’ve had, the older guys helped coach the younger guys because they had been through it. That doesn’t happen too much [here] right now.

“The idea in any program is the older guys — especially if they’re the better ones, which they are in our program right now — reach out to their teammates and help bring those guys along and help make those guys better. That part has been a little bit of a disappointment because there’s not a ton of that that goes on. You talk to guys about being more outward and making guys better. That’s just not in their nature. It’s not how they’ve been used to doing things, apparently.”

Much of that problem, as Stallings sees it, isn’t related to an unwillingness to lead; rather, it ties back to the players’ more mellow, laid-back personalities, ones that weren’t relied upon for guidance in the past as Pitt had established, veteran voices such as former point guard James Robinson.

Sheldon Jeter felt that was a little harsh, but admitted that they are missing someone to take charge.

Jeter, who said he understands Stallings’ feelings but doesn’t see that same leadership void, noted the adjustment to life without Robinson, a four-year starter, has been problematic at times.

“It was a difficult transition,” Jeter said. “Some of us are outward as far as giving energy to the team. Some of us are inward as far as … I don’t want to say worrying about themselves, but their energy is directed more inward. James was always an outward person. He was the one that would get us in huddles and do stuff like that. In some ways, we do miss that leadership, but at the same time, I think there’s still leadership on this team.”

I just can’t wait until someone tries to blame the lack of leadership on the team this year on James Robinson. “See, Robinson was too in charge. He ran things and no one else was given a chance…”

Jeter and Jamel Artis know what to say. They give honest, well-thought out answers when interviewed. Yet, neither seems to take charge of the team in the game. Mike Young, openly admits his leadership effort is by example.

“It’s really hard, individually, to come with the same energy, every day, the same fight, the same will, the same desire every day,” [Young] said. “(Leadership) is moreso being coachable. For me, it’s moreso just about being a guy the coaches want me to be.”

Jeter said leadership isn’t totally lacking.

“If he (Stallings) feels that way, as players we need to re-evaluate,” Jeter said. “He’s probably justified in feeling that way. I guess I understand it. I don’t see it.”

I have to assume some of this is calculated by Stallings to get the players fired up and focused for tonight. That in the practices for the past week, he’s seen a team that may be on the verge of totally checking out on the season. Letting the adversity, injuries and losses have them give up now.

We’ll see whether it worked. Not even in terms of winning or losing. But whether there is effort across the board. If not, undermanned or not. I wouldn’t be surprised if some players find themselves in diminished roles regardless of being better than the players behind them.





Heading to the game tonight. And probably the home stretch of me being a season ticket holder for over 30 years. The games are no fun when you can’t even win your home games. The only way out of this hole Jaime left us in with minimal talent in the freshman thru junior classes is for Stallings to recruit over some of the existing kids and bump them off the team. I see no other solution if the Stallings era has any chance of being a success.

Comment by rayhpgh 01.24.17 @ 12:38 pm

Headlines in both Trib and Post Gazette pointing to Stallings pointing his finger at the Lack of Leadership among his Players.

Also, their failure to “buy in” to playing Defense.

I like a Coach who’s willing to CALL OUT Players. But would much prefer for it to take place behind Closed Doors.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 1:01 pm

Interesting to see how Players respond.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 1:03 pm

or NOT respond.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 1:03 pm

Michael Young revenge game. If the game gets out of hand, it time to put Rozelle Nix in to pay back Petino for the hatchet job they gave Young last game.

Comment by alcofan 01.24.17 @ 2:21 pm

No need to bump anyone Ray, Stallings has 5 scholarships to fill & likely more. I’d be shocked if Wilson stays. The majority of the team will be his next season.

Comment by Nick 01.24.17 @ 2:47 pm

2 things happen tonight. Pitt plays hard and keeps it close and covers or the players give little effort and have as a team given on on Mr. Belk/Bonn-Ton.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 2:48 pm

When was the last time we beat Louville?

Comment by alcofan 01.24.17 @ 5:36 pm

I believe it was 2010 at the Pete.

H2P!!!

Comment by Pitt Dad 01.24.17 @ 6:22 pm

Has Pitt lost when Young and Artis EACH scored more than 20?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 6:47 pm

Hang in there rayhpgh. I am at 37years with season tickets and also frustrated but optimistic that this can be turned around. Of course if Stallings cant recruit all bets are off.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 01.24.17 @ 6:53 pm

Fun!

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 7:15 pm

Why not try Nix?

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 01.24.17 @ 7:17 pm

Painful!

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 7:18 pm

This team has indeed checked out…

Comment by velvil 01.24.17 @ 7:21 pm

Why is Kithcart on the Floor? He has NOTHING to offer either Offensively or Defensively.

In WAY over his head.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 7:27 pm

If we don’t start hitting shots we will soon be toast again!

Comment by Pittman4ever 01.24.17 @ 7:27 pm

They can’t miss – we can’t make!

Comment by Pittman4ever 01.24.17 @ 7:28 pm

At least Wilson shows he has SOME Athletic ability if little in the way of SKILLS.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 7:29 pm

I said when Stallings came that we had a great test for how good a coach he is: basically this is the same team as we had last year. No JR, but 4 seniors, all who would mature over the summer. At worst, the same level of team quality, at best, a better team than last year.

And look at what happened. Stallings can blame the players but come on. Dixon got these players to the tourney, and they all should be 1 year better than back then.

To say I am disappointed in this coach is a huge understatement!! The test was out there,,,and he gets a big fat F.

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 7:35 pm

In game coaching genius

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 7:38 pm

It would be nice to have a legitimate point guard on the team, that’s for sure.

Comment by Pittman4ever 01.24.17 @ 7:38 pm

Stallings is relying on Players to make shots.

But I guess that’s asking too much.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 7:39 pm

Pitt has all of it’s time outs with 1 minute to play before the half down 30 points.

Fun!

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 7:45 pm

Chris Jones has been making they same type of drives to the basket as Wilson also without finishing. Jones is a fifth year senior averaging more than 25 minutes a game.

I wonder whether Gaudio would be interested in following for the shoe salesman. Poor tournament record, but at least he could make the field and recruit. He also seems to have a great way of seeing the game and explaining it.

Hard to believe Pitt is about to be blown out for the second consecutive home game. No 43 points by Artis this time.

Comment by Barvo 01.24.17 @ 7:45 pm

Point regarding Wilson is to let him play consistently serious minutes in a real game and then make judgements about him.

Comment by Barvo 01.24.17 @ 7:47 pm

The ZOO IS BOOING

Really bad…

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 7:48 pm

This coach is just making excuses, playing out his string and getting paid. Yes – he has players with attitude – but Dixon was able to get them to respond, play some d, rebound and win.

No excuses – these are Stalling’s players – if he didn’t want to back them he should have cut them in the summer and gotten Juco’s to come in.

Yes – the players are at fault too, seniors unwilling to be leaders and take responsibility – but they are spoiled young men – they need someone to KICK THEIR ASS in practice and get them to respond. A GOOD coach does that. A mediocre one gets the results we are seeing.

H2P

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 7:52 pm

Stallings may b one and done.

Comment by Steve 01.24.17 @ 7:53 pm

So it’s clear that this team lacks talent, heart and drive

I can’t even remember it being this bad, we may get blown out rest of sesson

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 7:54 pm

Stallings is obviously VERY hands off. That works when you have Players who are both Talented and COMPETITIVE!

Too many on this Team are neither.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 7:56 pm

Upitt called it. Gave this bum 2 years at most. Barnes is a toxic fat headed waste. Worst hire ever. Never been Turd from Vandy and a Bad Conf. Great job Gallagher on hiring this Mormon bum and moving his 11 wives.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 7:57 pm

POD – Blame the Fuckhead making 2.2M a year not the players.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 7:58 pm

This edition of the Panthers are suffering from….

* Donatas Zavaskas SYNDROME (remember the shoes coming off?)

* AshtonGibbs SENIOR Season SYNDROME (the season he quit)

Yepper…

HEARTLESS
GUTLESS
QUITTERS

a sorry site to behold.

# SAD

Comment by The Truth 01.24.17 @ 7:58 pm

And a recruiting firm was used to find this bum.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 7:58 pm

Steve

I could see that

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 8:01 pm

Seriously, what kind of performance was that?? What offense were they running? I have no idea what Stallings is doing. He has no idea what he is doing. This is one of the few times I will say this and mean it, he is stealing the Universities money. An NCAA team with 4 returning starters, reguardless of depth should be better than this. Sad part is no one cares. Soon the Zoo will be wearing bags over their heads.
If this doesn’t piss the admin off then they simply don’t care. Blame it on the players, blame it on no bench, seriously? It all rests with the coach and that asswipe Barnes.
This was a high profile ACC job, a team that had more NCAA appearances than all but a few, and he is the best you can do??

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:01 pm

This isn’t stallings fault. This team has no talent period. Young and Artis are slightly above average acc talent….both one dimensional players. The rest of team, well anyone who watches college basketball can see, are probably 6,7,8 bench players on other middle of the pack acc teams. They wouldn’t even be on the top tier teams bench

Comment by Kvah 01.24.17 @ 8:02 pm

I usually don’t turn off Pitt sporting events EVER – but this is absolute garbage. Gene Stallings lost this team the moment he was named head coach. Didn’t fans stage a mass walkout to protest several years back ? Failure & disappointment of epic proportions !!!!

Comment by Daddylonglegs 01.24.17 @ 8:03 pm

Most have already left. Don’t blame Stallings. These guys have not heart.

Comment by Jp 01.24.17 @ 8:03 pm

The worse part is the PETE will be worse next year cuz pitt fans won’t support anything but a winner

I get that this team/coach is lousy but where is the school spirit/pride I don’t go to games just to watch the sport, I go cuz I love pitt

We don’t have enough pitt fans that live pitt, football or basketbAll….sad

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 8:07 pm

Barnes is gone. Stallings must be fired and we must start new before he does any more damage to the program. This is down right embarrassing.

Comment by Coach Ditka 01.24.17 @ 8:10 pm

I see Stallings kids are on the board. Not his fault??lmao

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:10 pm

You can’t coach heart and these players have none. Did anyone notice when Pitt went back to man to man defense. kithcart was screened then they switched instead of taking the screen man he followed his teammate from behind as he picked up his player. Switching d is taught in jr high…if he needs coached on that simple aspect at this point then he shouldn’t be on an acc floor

Comment by Kvah 01.24.17 @ 8:10 pm

Zoo is empty

Comment by Jp 01.24.17 @ 8:12 pm

If we only had more “Leading Talk” this would be in the bag………………….

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 8:12 pm

JoeKnew – I blame it on Barney.

And Sir Patrick G must bear some of the blame as well.

At least we can say we beat psu with this pitiful team.

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:13 pm

I’ll Say It: Stallings Should be fired.
This is an embarrassment to the University. Players are not trying, coach is not trying just watching – fans are disgusted.

New AD can fire him and get their own guy in with NO repercussion.

H2P

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:13 pm

Dixon won atleast 20 – 22 games a year and he had the worlds worst point guard James Robinson.

Stalling fucking sucks. How do you guys not see it? I wasn’t aware he couldnt bring in Jucos. Blame Dixon all you want. I wouldnt watch this shit for $2,500 to spend at Hess’s or Bon Ton buying shoes off Stallings.

Down 40 points. Comical.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:13 pm

@JoeKnew +1

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:14 pm

Barnes F you to Pitt seems to be effective.

Comment by Tony77019 01.24.17 @ 8:14 pm

Same players as last year. He didn’t see this over the summer. He didn’t do any research on the Team?? I have seen many,many coaches do more with less. If they quit it comes from the top. Good coaches make players better, not take a tourney team and lose them completely.

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:15 pm

Folks, Dixon is gone and not coming back. Get over it.

Comment by Goalie44 01.24.17 @ 8:16 pm

Stallings isn’t missing the shots. Stallings isn’t bouncing the ball off his foot on a drive to the rim. Stallings isn’t failing to box out on a free throw. Stallings can’t make cam johnson stop throwing up bricks.

Comment by Kvah 01.24.17 @ 8:16 pm

Jeter fouled out with 15 minutes left in the game, with 2 points and his team down 41, scoring just 24 as a team.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:16 pm

Talk to each other and lead.

THAT’S what the problem is just ask Kevin

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 8:16 pm

Wow what a disaster. HCKS could not take the heat. Hope he resigns.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:17 pm

Hope these bums lose by 50

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:18 pm

Glad I took L’Ville -49 points

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:19 pm

Dixon is happy and getting 100% support and winning at TCU. Glad Herman Fat Head Barnes lowered the buyout andnpaid a buyout for this Fuck Stallings

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:20 pm

Now this is as bad as it’s EVER been. Stallings might not make it to the next Game.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 8:21 pm

Remember that time we lost by 50 at home when Dixon was our coach??

no? me either

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 8:21 pm

Unbelievable Upitt I have to say I would fire Stallings tonight after the game. I have supported Stallings all season, he has lost this team.

Comment by WLAT 910 radio and the big beat! 01.24.17 @ 8:22 pm

Dixon is on his own 3 Game Losing Streak.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 8:22 pm

50, they are down 50!!!! Have they ever,ever been down 50???

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:22 pm

PoD – do you think Barney might fire Stallings tonight and try to quiet the noise?

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:23 pm

I’ve never seen so many bricks and so few rebounds from one team in a game.

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:25 pm

Juhl should go find Stallings in the locker room & tell him to clean out his office.

Comment by Nick 01.24.17 @ 8:27 pm

Everyone saw Pitts recruiting falling off severely the last few years. We were getting turned down by everyone and it seemed Dixon started offering anyone who would accept a scolly. Now you want someone to come in here and win with these players. Not gonna happen. Besides Y and A what other player on this team would you want on your acc team

Comment by Kvah 01.24.17 @ 8:27 pm

Getting ejected in a CLOSE Game when you’re not getting calls at least makes some sense.

NO SENSE whatsoever when you’re getting blow out by FIFTY!

Only makes it look like the Coach is the One who has QUIT on the Team.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 8:27 pm

Down 50 at the Pete – has to be a record.

Stallings must go.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:28 pm

Seriouy what’s gonna happen?

Are players gonna quit?

How did it get this bad this quick??

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 8:28 pm

How can anyone here NOT blame Stallings? Dixon took virtually the same team to the tourney…and Stalling can’t even scratch out a 3 win conference record? That is A HUGE DIFFERENCE. This is not on the margins folks.

Essentially the same team as last year can now not even stay competitive. How many games did we get blown out last year? One?

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 8:28 pm

@PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 8:27 pm

Exactly

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:28 pm

This is just sad.

Comment by Lville Panther 01.24.17 @ 8:29 pm

Remember when posters here complained about our FT%?

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:30 pm

Maybe a time out might swing the momentum. Lol.

Comment by Goalie44 01.24.17 @ 8:30 pm

At least, I hope we can win 3 conference games….

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 8:31 pm

No point guard, no center, no coach!

Comment by gc 01.24.17 @ 8:31 pm

How low can we go?
It was nice watching hoops. Something to do during the miserable winter.
But this is misery.
And Burghers ain’t gonna go out in winter, park their cars, and pay to watch this.
I’d rather pay to have an enema – less painful and I would feel better afterward

Comment by Gasman 01.24.17 @ 8:31 pm

Isn’t our AD leaving next month?

What’s going on at pitt?!?!

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 8:31 pm

I expected losses this year, even a losing conference record at 8-10 or 7-11 – but not to this level.

This is on the coach. A GOOD Coach figures out how to take a NCAA Tourney team with 4 returning starters somewhere. Even 4 temperamental starters like we have.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:32 pm

Weren’t we up 2 – 0 early on?

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:32 pm

Dave Hart, Johnny Majors2, Kevin Stallings.

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:33 pm

Must’ve gotten a little overconfident early.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:33 pm

Will we loss by 60 and only score 40?

One for the record books?

Bueler, Bueler…Bueler……

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:34 pm

Remember when guys posting here were worried about some of these players leaving early?

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:35 pm

I solved the case!!!!

Twitterduzzi is waiting to hire Stallings as his OC once Pitt fires him in Hoops?? Only logical reason it takes 2 months to hire an OC.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:39 pm

Damon looks like he is having fun.
Isn’t that what it is all about?

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:39 pm

Emel – 50 points. We could play better with old men from the Wilkinsburg YMCA

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:40 pm

It’s the old adage. You get what you pay for. They went cheap and cheap is what they got.

Comment by Goalie44 01.24.17 @ 8:41 pm

Goalie – Yep

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:41 pm

JoeKnew:

You nailed it.

Comment by Tony77019 01.24.17 @ 8:41 pm

Stallings was just informed he got the ad job so he decided to get an early start.

Comment by Goalie44 01.24.17 @ 8:43 pm

79.2% from the line, nice they got that hole plugged.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:43 pm

Shit, cheap at least buys something! Wonder if Stallings will do the honorable thing and resign??

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:43 pm

Fuck it and 50 lets make it 60.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:44 pm

Chris Dokish ?@ChrisDokish 34m34 minutes ago

If a coach publicly says his players aren’t leaders, and they immediately quit, then that coach was right.

********
Doke… What about when a Coach QUITS on his Team?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 8:45 pm

Chas – you nailed the article title – “Leadership Void”

Yep!

On the court, head coach, AD and Sir Patrick G.

VOID…

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:45 pm

Only at Pitt do they hire a career losing coach and the AD calls the fans noise when they know the guy is a turd.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:45 pm

What is going yo be said at the post game press conference?????

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 8:46 pm

Stallings should resign only after Barnes does along with Barnes giving back all his paychecks since the hire.

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:46 pm

Stallings is clearly out of his league…the SEC that is.

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 8:46 pm

Dokish is a liberal excuse kool aid maker. If he played sports past 4th grade I’d be surprised. He should go march with Hillary.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:47 pm

and WVU is beating Kansas

Comment by Tony77019 01.24.17 @ 8:48 pm

Rosie sure can hit FT’s.

Keep him for the future.

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:49 pm

Boy, I miss the good old days of UPitt screaming “Skunkhead”.

(It was time for a change, yes, but uhg what a change!)

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 8:50 pm

We’ve already made the sidebar on the ESPN website:
SPN Stats and Information

Louisville’s 33-point halftime lead over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night is tied for the largest halftime lead in a conference game between major-conference teams this season (UNC led NC State by 33 at half on Jan. 8).

Comment by Tony77019 01.24.17 @ 8:50 pm

Doubled “em up is supposed to be used in baseball not basketball results reporting.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by TVax1 01.24.17 @ 8:51 pm

Turn up the NOISE Pitt fans!

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:52 pm

Largest margin of defeat since 1906…and it is the second largest too.

Kevin Stallings is a great coach. So glad we have him.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 8:53 pm

Worst Pitt loss since 1903 – wow!

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:53 pm

DD – He should of been replaced only when you had a stud coached hired that was better.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 8:54 pm

Upitt
Or a young, up and coming coach with potential.

Comment by Goalie44 01.24.17 @ 8:57 pm

Nothing to comment.

Comment by Frank MD 01.24.17 @ 8:57 pm

Next game up is 1-6 Clemson

Pitt is tied for last at 1-6

No mas!

Comment by Erie Express 01.24.17 @ 8:57 pm

Mutiny, well the captain is responsible. Cannot remember this happening to any big time coaches, although it may have. Same no talent, no ACC players that beat UVA and took ND to ot. Did they just forget how to play!? Something has gone terribly,terribly wrong.

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 8:58 pm

Was Stallings coaching that 1906 team, too?

Comment by Gasman 01.24.17 @ 8:58 pm

Not much to say. Frustrated, confused and disapointed.

Comment by Lville Panther 01.24.17 @ 9:01 pm

Remember when we hung tough with Wisconsin. Oh sure, defensive struggle, not much offense.
It was March Madness.
We will be living memories like that for the foreseeable future.

Comment by Gasman 01.24.17 @ 9:02 pm

That’s back to back home losses by a combined 81 points. EIGHTY-ONE POINTS!!

Comment by Nick 01.24.17 @ 9:02 pm

Joeknew – UVA is terrible this year.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:03 pm

81 points?
I miss slogball

Comment by Gasman 01.24.17 @ 9:04 pm

Maybe the players are so upset they will try to hire some hookers tonight and then get robbed…

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 9:06 pm

Now I have to hear this crap for a day or two. Actually people here may not say anything because they might feel sorry for me. This is beyond embarrassing.

Comment by Lville Panther 01.24.17 @ 9:06 pm

I am done posting I think. Simply because I am officially speechless. WOW. We only THOUGHT this Pitt team was giving up on defense earlier this season. Tonight they put on a CLINIC as to how to give up on defense.

We are #1!! Or at least, 106.

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 9:07 pm

Imagine how Virginia feels….

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:09 pm

Ya, but they are a decent team, not like past years, but honestly, they will most likely make tourney, and I forgot Maryland. Wow, doesn’t that seem like ages ago! What the hell is going on!
And for those who think it will get better, those recruits he has coming in are second and third level kids. Class rank is due to size, not talent level!
How, how, did anyone in their right mind think his hire was a good idea.

Comment by JoeKnew 01.24.17 @ 9:11 pm

Gilligan better step in and assume control. Seriously, no joke. If there ever was a case to be made for intervention, this is it. Stallings is guilty of dereliction of duties. I sure hope Narduzzi didn’t have any recruits there. Hey Barney, can you hear us now? The BOT should be ashamed of themselves.

Comment by wally 01.24.17 @ 9:11 pm

A Pro Coach would be fired immediatley after such a performance.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 9:11 pm

Looks like neither Artis or Young are interested in playing pro ball anywhere, let alone the NBA.

Maybe backups in Japan….

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:11 pm

Post game Stallings threw entire team under the bus took zero responsibility.

Comment by Steve 01.24.17 @ 9:12 pm

Huggy looks like your cool drunk unlce or the guy who hangs out at the gym but never works out but he is legit and so is WVU. We couldn’t beat Point Park.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:12 pm

Clean house. If you’re not going to play with heart, goodbye. If you’re not going to coach with heart, goodbye. Finish the season with someone else as coach and players who want to play. Done. This is probably the most pissed / pessimistic I’ve been about Pitt BB ever.

Comment by panther94 01.24.17 @ 9:14 pm

If Stallings wasnt at Pitt he would be at the following?

A. Hess’s Shoe Section
B. BELKS Suit Section
C. Met Life – Selling Life Insurance
D. Oreck Sales Manager (Nashville)
E. Schwanns Man
D. Gabes – Hotdog Maker

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:15 pm

Never heard Hillgrove so disgusted.

Comment by alcofan 01.24.17 @ 9:15 pm

G. Dirty O, mop boy

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:16 pm

Hell – I’d hire old man Miller. Maybe he will
Make Arch or Sean be his Asst. You have to listen to your old man right?

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:16 pm

While we are at it. Fire Hilgrove and Groat. GodBless them but come on.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:17 pm

Bulletin– Pitt Johnstown is being called in to finish the rest of the season!!

Comment by Isnore 01.24.17 @ 9:17 pm

Groat just turned 115.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:17 pm

Paul Zeise ?@PaulZeise 1 minute ago

“I think there is some fragmentation in the locker room,” Stallings said

Jeff Hathhorn ?@jhathhorn 3 minutes ago

Stallings–I don’t know what short term options I have, but long-term there will be options.

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:19 pm

People bashed me for saying Jones was Pitt-Bradford talent.
The whole damn team is Pitt-Bradford talent.

Comment by Gasman 01.24.17 @ 9:22 pm

Paul Zeise ?@PaulZeise 12m12 minutes ago

Stallings “we give them a lot of freedom to play but our bench doesn’t allow us to keep the starters honest.”

Paul Zeise ?@PaulZeise 16m16 minutes ago

On postgame show, Kevin Stallings “we didn’t compete at all. Our defensive play was pathetic. I’m embarrassed for our program.”

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:23 pm

I think University of Phoenix beats this team.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:24 pm

Pat Narduzzi ?@CoachDuzzPittFB 6m6 minutes ago

Pooh To Pitt!!! #H2P

Did he mean to spell, Boo?

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:26 pm

For all u JRob haters , u know the baller that holds the best a/t ratio in the entire NCAA history, I’m so happy that he’s playing else where ; where he’s still doing well and they appreciate his game. Pitt unfortunately looks horrible, actually pathetic!! I’m a Pitt fan and I actually hate to say it, but I’m with u … It’s painful to watch them look so bad!!

Comment by Mona 01.24.17 @ 9:27 pm

Paul Zeise ?@PaulZeise 3m3 minutes ago

Wait – I know what that means, Pooh Richardson is the Panthers new offensive coordinator!!!

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:28 pm

LOL….now Mona comes out of the woodwork….

Yeah, we have won with a short, slow, chubby PG tonight.

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:31 pm

Pitt’s AD should ask ESPN and ACC network not to televise any more Pitt basketball games for the remainder of this season. Wait, Pitt does not have an AD. OUCH!

Comment by MariettaMike 01.24.17 @ 9:32 pm

Pat Narduzzi ?@CoachDuzzPittFB 11m11 minutes ago

Pooh To Pitt!!! #H2P

********
And what exactly does this mean?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 9:33 pm

Let’s have a playoff– Johnstown vs Bradford for a chance to play out the season. I go back as far as 1959 with Pitt bb and tonight is without a doubt the worst showing I have ever seen.
Pitt was so short handed in 1959-1960 the team used Big MikevDitka to bash heads under the boards!!

I hate to single one player, because it is unfair, however, poor Mr Kithcart is so far over his head that his performance record sums up Pitt Basketball under the current regime. SAD!

Comment by Isnore 01.24.17 @ 9:35 pm

I just heard Rockports on the postgame. He makes Dixon sound eloquent. Dixon would “um” after every sentence. Stallings every other word. Same thing after NC State game. My ten year old actually commented on it.

Stallings doubling down on calling out the seniors. He did indeed state that there will be long-term options. Not seeing them in the current 2017 class and the appearance of a quarter filled Pete for ACC games will probably put Stallings on a very hot seat.

Just a reminder that Stallings recruited Jeter. Not sure what that says about him if he’s not happy with Jeter.

I predict the bottom falling out on Saturday. I think this team is about to totally quit on Stallings. A home loss to Clemson clinches it.

Nice to see Zeise at least coming around to reality. Of course not admitting he was wrong about anything…

Comment by Barvo 01.24.17 @ 9:36 pm

CBS has us playing Duke Saturday Feb. 4th on national TV at 1:00 just 3 games away from now. LOL…..they better reconsider.

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:39 pm

My advise to Stallings then….don’t play them. Let them start then yank them and play the walk-ons if he has to.

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:42 pm

Upcoming games our schedule:

Penn State York
Colorado School of Mines
Tufts
Brooklyn College

What are the odds against us breaking even?

Comment by Isnore 01.24.17 @ 9:45 pm

Mona – He is playing in Siberia. Not exactly the NBA Hunny.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:46 pm

If anyone can’t see that STALLINGS has lost this team they suffer from blindness!

This SAME team has played well and beat good teams this year. They have been publicly called out by the guy that is supposed to be in their corner.

Their coach thought it was a good idea to let it be known that it’s the players fault not his for them not getting what he is laying down.

F-ck that clown. If he’s a teacher he would have figured out how to get through to these kids without going to the media.

He is clueless and grasping at straws and tossing these guys under the bus to save his own neck.

It’s a weasel move and personally makes me sick.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 9:46 pm

isnore – Haha I recruit CSOM’s. LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:47 pm

Mona – I mean Bosnia. Not sure that beats Siberia.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:47 pm

Barvo – I’m crying. Rockport Ronnie Stallings.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 9:48 pm

@Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 9:46 pm

Eloquent words Sir. Agree 100%

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 9:49 pm

Tony…100% spot on

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 9:50 pm

Stallings threw the team under the bus at the post game presser. Said they played bad defense.

Well duh.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 9:50 pm

Paul Zeise ?@PaulZeise 2 minutes ago

First call of night – “I saw the Pitt players out drinking too many Panther bombs at Peter’s Pub over the weekend and that’s what happened.”

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:51 pm

Thank goodness I didn’t watch the game. How did Stallings get tossed out of game?

Comment by MariettaMike 01.24.17 @ 9:53 pm

UPITT- So can we keep up with CSOM’s?

Comment by Isnore 01.24.17 @ 9:55 pm

BTW….you guys missed a good NCIS tonight….

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 9:58 pm

Is it possible that these guys are unconscionable??’ Did Dixon see this??, that with a combination of zero depth…did he run as fast as he could?!

Did he see this coming??

I don’t know that we are better with him right now??, I don’t know that Rick pitiono would do much better?!?!

Comment by Keith 01.24.17 @ 9:58 pm

Hoopies upset #2 Kansas…Pitt loses in historical manner.

Sigh.

H2P

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:00 pm

With our soon to be forgotten AD Pitt has a total disaster on its hands. A coach who is clueless, a team that is completely out to lunch and NO way to rectify the mess. Recruiting for next year could begin to look like a repeat of the football fiasco when Fraud flew the coop.

Comment by Isnore 01.24.17 @ 10:01 pm

@Keith – Dixon forced these guys to at least play D and rebound 75% of the time. They were disciplined on the offensive end.

They would be in the middle of the pack this year with Dixon…again. He would have coached Kithcart up enough to be serviceable – a poor mans JR.

Dixon is a good coach – just that his system was average in today’s BBall environment – he could win most of the time in the regular season but it was kludge in the modern post season.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:04 pm

At least we have a Pharmacy College guy leading Athletics. Is there a more ass backwards program in the US?

No OC
AD Resigned after 15 months and still on payroll
Recruiters used to scratch an ass
Pharmacy College Fill In
Hoops Coach used to work at JC Pennies
Got rid of old coach and lowered buyout
paid a buyout for Stallings right before he was being fired
No OCS
Uniforms with numbers that are moronic
50 yard line artwork by Carrick 4th grade

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 10:05 pm

Hey UPitt at least men’s wrestling is doing with that great coach of theirs, I mean….err, I mean, oh forget it.

Wait didn’t mens soccer hire that all-star coach? They must have won a few games this year right? Oh, what? Oh…forget it.

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 10:16 pm

DD – LOL

Baseball Coach goes under .500 and they extend his contract.

Did the wrestling coach screw a cheerleader or something? Or gets blitz in his Pitt Gear at Mitchell’s Pub?

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 10:24 pm

According to rumor 3 Pitt wrestlers hired a hooker and then were robbed by her. They were disciplined by the team….

Not sure how Coach was involved but the BOT gave him the Hook.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:27 pm

A loss to Duquesne and a 50+ point home loss in a conference game???? I have to hand it to UPitt; he called it last spring before the Stallings presser. He wanted Pederson out…and they managed to get an even a bigger bozo in Barnes. Only Pitt could have done worse. The next two years will make you have fond memories of the Ralph Willard era. Remember when Jason “Air” Maile was the leading scorer in the Big East tourney??? Get ready Boston College, the Panthers are coming to join you.

Comment by Dallas Mike 01.24.17 @ 10:30 pm

As I posted a week or so ago… DON’T be confused and think that Dixon was still an option.

Gallagher and Barnes wanted CHANGE… And Dixon clearly wanted OUT!

TCU coming available was the CLINCHER.

The only thing left was Jamie following the advice of his Agent and shaking Pitt down for a few more MILLION!

If Dixon was EVER going to leave, the Table was set.

Become Head Coach at your Alma Mater and get out from under a BAD Team about to get a LOT WORSE with the graduation of Artis and Young.

Who could blame blame him?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.24.17 @ 10:31 pm

I don’t fault Dixon for leaving…

I fault the hiring process used to replace him and the result of that process. There were well qualified coaches out there – don’t be fooled.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:33 pm

Missed the entire game as I was in a meeting. Thank God!
Following the Steeler debacle the last things Pittsburghers need was this kind of performance. There is never an excuse for a coach getting tossed, especially down 50!

Obviously I was very wrong about Stallings. He doesn’t fit at Pitt. Tomorrow would be a very good day for him to resign.

We need a young enthusiastic head coach who players can relate to. Personally I like the Ft Wayne coach. I know Nordy sticks his head in the sand but he needs to make a move now.

And while he’s at it, it’s time to say goodbye to our worthless AD! What in the hell is going on at our U?????

Comment by Dan 72 01.24.17 @ 10:33 pm

UNC Wilmington Coach is still available…great up and comer.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:39 pm

If you want someone who works for you out of a you lock in better replacement BEFORE you make the move.

Business 101

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 10:40 pm

Forgot there was a game (wonder why).

Wow, what a beatdown. 51-18 at halftime.

I knew that 2nd half surge at L-Ville was more a product of them losing interest than Pitt being good.

Comment by EMel 01.24.17 @ 10:41 pm

@Emel – 2cd worse loss in Pitt History…only 1906 loss by 93 points to Westminster was worse.

Stallings lost the team the students the press and the fans tonight.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:43 pm

so flustered I can’t type. Goodnight to the many suffering Panthers fans across the nation. I fear we will share many of these nights of woe in the coming years.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 01.24.17 @ 10:43 pm

What’s really crazy is Herman gets to hire another new head BBall coach at Oregon STate when he gets there.

The Beavers are 0-7 in the PAC 12 and 4-16 overall.

Wayne Tinkle’s days are numbered.

Herman to the Rescue ! (maybe he can take Stallings with him)

Comment by EMel 01.24.17 @ 10:44 pm

Disagree Tommy Mac, without a pt guard, shooting guard, power forward or center, Dixon would have had them right where they are.

Comment by alcofan 01.24.17 @ 10:44 pm

St. Patrick’s sixth grade coach would be an upgrade.
Start Nix and every other stiff on the bench. Wanna play, then do it my way.
They get free tuition, don’t they? Room and board? Smoothies?
Act like you care.

Comment by Gasman 01.24.17 @ 10:45 pm

Barnes is waiting for Stallings to shake down Pitt for a buyout and then hire him at Oregon St. They’ll split the money when he gets there.

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 10:51 pm

@alcofan
Dixon had coached these guys for 3 years already without a true center…only losing Robinson at point.

He would have coached up Kithcart to be a serviceable poor man’s JR who could drive and assist but not shoot.

Nix would have gotten more time in the early games and would have been able to put in 7 to 12 minutes a game eating up fouls and blocking the lane.

Dixon would not have lost to Dusquesne. Dixon would be by all odds be 3-4 at worst in the ACC right now.

I am not sad Dixon left…I am horrified at his replacement.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 10:51 pm

Jack don’t forget the recruiting fee that fat fuck barnes will split with his ex boss cronyism.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 10:55 pm

Pitt wrestlers bought a hooker and got robbed and what is the problem with that? They must have paid her with autographs and Pitt gear…NCAA violation, you know…

Comment by DD 01.24.17 @ 11:02 pm

Hooker robbed them no biggie. Barnes and Stallings Robbing Pitt of 3M.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.24.17 @ 11:08 pm

They paid her with Men’s BBall tickets…

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 11:19 pm

Coach says 1-2 Bench players and at least one senior have already checked out of the season…

5 starters are best defenders – no one on Bench is better…and the starters know it so they don’t worry about being pulled…

Says no ACC level talent behind Luther…

He saw the tapes in the summer – why the fuck didn’t he address those last 2 issues then when he could have gotten juco’s????

What a cluster. F*ck You Barnes.

Comment by Tommymac 01.24.17 @ 11:24 pm

Guys who have checked out throw off the team and play walk-ons if you have to.

Comment by Jackagain 01.24.17 @ 11:29 pm

Chas I really appreciate and enjoy your basketball knowledge and insight, and sharing with us. Not to say I don’t appreciate your football articles, I do very much. I just feel there are so few guys in this town that write any quality basketball articles. Thanks!

I don’t even know where to start, so I won’t. I’d be up all night. For those that watched the Stallings post game presser, he is even throwing the underclassmen under the bus. He’s right. This team from top to bottom is a disaster. He doesn’t have the time, energy, or coaching acumen to fix this. He just doesn’t. So when do you cut ties? Firing him after one year is a financial and perception nightmare. I guess 3 years sounds about right?

College football letter of intent day is almost a national holiday. Basketball not so much. I believe it’s in May. Thus far he has a decent class put together, certainly not a class that can come in and make this a tournament team next year. Do the current commits bail? This is a dumpster fire. They know a new AD is coming in. They have to realize that the odds of this staff being there through their 4 years are slim.

This staff’s best option is not only fill the four departing seniors scholarships but get some of the underclassmen to move on. Hell, he even said there is a bench guy or 2 that have checked out due to lack of perceived playing time. No doubt Damon Wilson is one of those guys. He needs to get as many of his guys in the program as possible and hope to hell the next year or two show promise or he is gone.

I guess I did get started? Sorry for rambling guys, I could have typed for the next 2 days.

God this is depressing…

Comment by Pap76 01.25.17 @ 1:12 am

I will not be renewing basketball season tickets at the price they are asking now…maybe if they cut the $$$ by 50%…been a loyal season ticket holder for years…this is the only message I can send that means anything.

Comment by Tommymac 01.25.17 @ 2:13 am

Pap76 – be careful about naming names with bench players. Damon Wilson played ok in garbage minutes last night.

The coach is the one who checked out.

Correction on my 8:53pm post – worst loss since 1906 (not 1903).

Pitt has about five really bad losses this season, with more to come.

If Stallings is fired or quits, I believe his HC-ing days would be over. He’ll hang on for the “contracted” paycheck. Maybe Barney does Pitt a favor when he gets to Oregon State and fires Tinkle, brings in Stallings and stops the NOISE.

Comment by Erie Express 01.25.17 @ 5:41 am

Anybody at the the game last night deserves a refund.

Comment by Goalie44 01.25.17 @ 5:51 am

I only watched the 1st half on TV … and I deserve a refund

Comment by wbb 01.25.17 @ 6:56 am

I drove 5 hrs from Williamsport to watch this game on my birthday and have been a fan since 2002 when Chevy Troutman played one of my wife’s good friends and a friend of mine and what I observed is this freedom on offense thing is a crock of shit it’s like kids playing at the ymca on a sat no screens set nothing to get a player open all contested shots. When lousville was up Rock Pitino was constantly coaching even when they were making shots he would scream at players for not boxing out or being in the right spot I’m literally sitting right behind lousville bench and Stallings is standing there not coaching giving any advice to his team. This coach scared me from day one talking about offense everyone is different but what excites me when watching thesee games is defense I could give two shits what the score is if we’re winning hell it can be 44 to 42 final score. This coach lost his players in his recent interviews saying I don’t think this team is capable of doing the things we want them to do etc. He needs to be on the hot seat we need a young coach with passion not this stiff that was a losing coach just pathetic.

Comment by PittPanFan 01.25.17 @ 1:30 pm

I watched NCIS….

I checked out too….

Happy birthday PittPanFan……sorry you had to waste it.

Comment by Jackagain 01.25.17 @ 3:33 pm

After Clem on Saturday, no worries on attendance as Pitt on the road at UNC, Duke and BC. And so it goes or not.

Comment by Frank MD 01.25.17 @ 7:06 pm

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