On Easter Sunday, Kevin Stallings, the Vanderbilt Commodores head coach, has been offered the Pittsburgh Panthers head coaching job. He’s expected to accept the position, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Stallings would replace Jamie Dixon, who went back to his alma mater on Monday. He was announced the TCU Horned Frogs head coach in a surprising move.
The long-time Commodores head coach spent 17-years at the SEC school and will get a new opportunity to coach the Panthers. Dixon was the Panthers head coach since 2003 when the team hired him to replace Ben Howland when he left for the UCLA Bruins.
Howland reported turned down an opportunity to come to the school, as he has a year left on his Mississippi State deal.
With the Commodores, Stallings was 332-220 and made it to the NCAA tournament seven-times. The Commodores made the NCAA Tournament this year, before losing in the First Four to the Wichita State Shockers.
After the loss to the Shockers, many began to question his future at the school. Maybe the speculation was too much that he couldn’t accept it anymore so he decided to leave.
The Panthers coaching job has been led by Todd Turner, who was also the individual, who hired Stallings at Vanderbilt.
In the past few days, Stallings and the school denied any reports that he would be fired. Now with his relocation to the Panthers, it’ll give the team an opportunity to hire its first head coach in nearly two decades.
By Stallings leaving now, it’ll also give them an opportunity to hire a good coach, before nobody is available.
The 50-year-old Dixon is 328-123 as a collegiate head coach, all with the Panthers. The 55-year-old Stallings was 455-284 in his coaching career with the Commodores and the Illinois State Redbirds.
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