By now you’ve likely heard that the main story coming out of Louisville’s 77-51 drubbing of Pitt had nothing to do with the Cards’ first ACC win.
Late in the second half, Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings was on the receiving end of some heckles from the crowd. He responded with a jab about Louisville’s current FBI/NCAA troubles.
Here it is: the audio of Kevin Stallings saying "At least we didn't pay our players 100 thousand dollars." @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/lwAwrAUXj7— Whitney Harding (@WHAS11Whitney) January 3, 2018
Stallings admitted to his comments after the game and defended them by saying he wasn’t going to let any fans crap on his guys.
Here was his post-game response pic.twitter.com/VggbQVA0VY— Lyndsey Gough (@LGonTV) January 3, 2018
There’s just one problem. It sounds like the comment or comments that irked Stallings may have been coming from a disgruntled Pitt fan, not an overweening Louisville supporter.
Postgame show caller “Tim” says he was sitting behind the Pitt bench and Kevin Stallings was being heckled by Pitt fans, not Louisville fans. Said one guy trashing the team had a Tony Dorsett jersey on.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) January 3, 2018
Whoever it was I could hear them yell they weren’t a Louisville fan— Lyndsey Gough (@LGonTV) January 3, 2018
I was sitting just to the left of the student section over by Pitt bench. 2-3 Pitt fans wearing Pitt gear were mouthing to Stallings the whole game. One UL guy got into the act late but the Pitt guys were yelling. One asst looked at them and yelled back.— JbenzCard (@Jbenz808613) January 3, 2018
Who knows how accurate these accounts are, but if the Pitt coach was in fact shouting insults about paying a kid $100,000 to one of his own fans, well this instantly vaults to the top of my lengthy list of favorite Kevin Stallings stories.