CBSSports.com reported on Sunday that longtime Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has agreed to replace Jaime Dixon as the new coach at Pittsburgh.
Another good reason according to ESPN’s Andy Katz is that his son is currently on the Pittsburgh Pirates AA roster and might make the Major League roster in time for Opening Day next Sunday afternoon when the Bucs open the season at PNC Park against the defending National League Central Division champions of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Stallings, a UNC alum is Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest coach compiling a 332-220 record over 17 years. He helped lead the Commodores to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching as far as the Sweet 16 twice–in 2004 and again in 2007.
Longtime coach in NBA ranks takes first college job
Most NBA fans remember Mike Dunleavy Sr. as the last coach during Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s final full season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers when they ended up losing four straight games to the then-upstart Chicago Bulls in the 1991 NBA Finals. During his 17 year coaching career, he guided the Lakers, Bucks, Trail Blazers, and Clippers and was named as NBA Coach of the Year in 1998-1999. He will take his 613-716 record down south to Tulane, as he agreed on Good Friday to replace Ed Conroy after the New Orleans school suffered another down year finishing this past season at a meager 12-22. Only time will tell whether this move is a good one for the program, or he will be remembered along similar lines like recent NBA rejects such as Mike Montgomery and John Calipari.