Pitt hires Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 28, 2016 1:53 AM

FILE PHOTO: Former Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee on March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Pittsburgh) -- Pitt has hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt with hopes he can rejuvenate a program that idled during the final years under Jamie Dixon.

Stallings spent the last 17 seasons with the Commodores.

He has a 332-220 record while leading his team to seven NCAA Tournament appearances.

Vanderbilt was 19-14 this season, losing to Wichita State in the opening round of the NCAAs.

The 55-year-old is a two-time SEC Coach of the Year.

He led the Commodores to eight 20-win seasons and takes over for Dixon, who left Pitt last week after 13 years to take the same job at TCU, his alma mater.

Athletic director Scott Barnes says Stallings plays an up-tempo style and runs his programs with "impeccable character.''

The hiring has created a furor among Pitt fans, who are questioning the hiring process and the use of a search firm by the university.

Stallings is expected to be introduced on Monday.

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