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Ex-ISU Coach Stallings punished for NCAA violations

NORMAL (WEEK) - Former Illinois State University men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings is in trouble with the NCAA for violations that happened when Stallings was head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Stallings is out of coaching after Pitt fired him two years ago with a 24-41 record. If he gets another coaching job, the three-year show-cause order requires Stallings to sit out 30 percent of the games during his first season.

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions found that Stallings "instructed and allowed" three noncoaching staff members to perform coaching duties, meaning the school went over its allotment of practices.

The committee also found Stallings "developed an alert system to ensure noncoaching staff would not be caught on the practice floor coaching student-athletes."

The infractions committee went on to say that "the former men's basketball coach was involved directly in the violations, and he did not end the violations after being warned by athletics department administrators."

Stallings is the last head coach to lead the Illinois State men's program to the NCAA Tournament, which was in 1998. Current men's head coach Dan Muller was on that team. Stallings record after six seasons as Redbirds coach was 123-63.

Howard Packowitz

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