Pitt basketball, football placed on probation; ex-coach Kevin Stallings dealt show-cause penalty

Pittsburgh's men's basketball and football programs have been placed on three years' probation and former basketball coach Kevin Stallings received a three-year show-cause order as part of a series of violations announced by the Division I Committee on Infractions on Thursday.

Stallings is not referenced by name in the report, but the violations agreement -- covering a period from August 2015 to March 2018 -- said Pitt's former basketball coach instructed and allowed three non-coaching staff members to perform coaching duties, which exceeded the number of permissible coaches on staff.

Pitt had self-reported the violation prior to the NCAA launching its investigation.

"Pitt Athletics is steadfastly committed to integrity and NCAA rules compliance," athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement Thursday. "A reflection of that strong commitment is the fact that, upon discovering these violations, we immediately provided a self-report to the NCAA and began a cooperative and thorough review. While disappointed in the violations, I am confident that our already-strong culture of compliance will help each of our programs avoid such situations in the future."

Stallings also developed an alert system to ensure the non-permissible coaches would not get caught and ordered the deletion of video to prevent Pitt administration from confirming the violations, according to the report.

Despite being warned by administrators within the athletic department, Stallings did not cease the violations and was determined that he failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance while at Pitt.

Under the show-cause order, if Stallings is hired within that time span by a member school, he must be suspended from 30% of the first season of employment.

The report also states that Pitt's former director of basketball operations produced personalized recruiting videos for 12 prospects to watch while visiting the school and later refused to participate in an enforcement interview about his involvement with the activities while on staff at Pitt.

In addition, football coach Pat Narduzzi was found to have been present at a football practice when three former quality control staff members performed coaching duties, which also exceeded the number of permissible coaches. The violation went undetected in part because the football program used a system to play music when outside parties were present at practice, triggering the quality control staffers to stay clear of the student-athletes.

Narduzzi was handed a show-cause order that will withhold him from two days of team practice in August.

"As head coach of the University of Pittsburgh football program, I am wholeheartedly committed to following NCAA rules and preventing these types of issues from happening again," Narduzzi said in a statement released by the university. "I fully recognize my responsibility in what occurred and, equally important, how those missteps will be corrected as we proceed forward."

Along with the probation and Stallings' punishment, Pitt received a $5,000 fine from the men's basketball and football budgets and a three-year show-cause order for the former director of basketball operations.

The men's basketball program will also have a reduction in the number of countable coaches by one at a regular practice for 16 hours during the 2019-20 academic year, while the football program will have a reduction of one countable coach for four days of practice, and two quality control staff members must be removed from practice for three days.