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Saturday / June 23.
  • Kevin Stallings to fans at Louisville: ‘At least we didn’t pay our kids $100,000’

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    Kevin Stallings apparently had some words for fans during Pitt’s blowout  77-51 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night at KFC Yum! Center.

    Whether Stallings was addressing Louisville or Pittsburgh fans, he was referring to the Brian Bowen situation, where Adidas allegedly paid Bowen’s family $100,000 to ensure that he would attend Louisville and then sign with Adidas upon turning pro.

    The scandal cost Louisville AD Tom Jurich and head coach Rick Pitino their jobs. The 6-foot-7 Bowen has said he had no knowledge of the payments and didn’t want to know if his father received money. He intends to transfer, but has not found a new school as of yet.

    Stallings later explained his comments.

    “Somebody said something bad about my players,” Stallings said when asked about the comments after the game. “And so I’m just going to stick up for my players. Probably said the wrong thing, but I’m not going to let people talk crap about my players. I probably should have used some different words, but the game is over and I’m always going to protect my players.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.