Players, fans and media react to Kevin Stallings’ departure

February 16, 2013: Coach Kevin Stallings raises his hands in disbelief after a foul call on one of his players during the second half of Vanderbilt's game vs. Texas A&M. The Commodores defeated the Aggies 63-56 and improve to 10-14 (4-8 SEC) on the season.

After a disappointing 19-14 season, where the Commodores fell in the NCAA Tournament’s play-in game, many believed that Kevin Stallings’ time as Vanderbilt’s head coach was up. His name had been linked to several coaching vacancies around the country after the season ended with a devastating March 15 loss to Wichita State.

On the morning of March 27, multiple sources reported that Stallings had agreed to a six year deal with the University of Pittsburgh for the position. Rumors about this hire had escalated the night before. Not long after, current and former players, fans and experts all took to social media to reflect on his Vanderbilt career and assess this move.

Many of those who played under him during his seventeen year tenure from 1999-2016 thanked him for his contribution to the program and their development, and wished him luck in his future endeavors.

In addition, current Commodores also bid him adieu on Twitter.

Experts and media personalities also chimed in on the matter, holding a variety of viewpoints on both his departure and new position.

His coaching change also brought about mixed reactions from Vanderbilt fans, although many did not seem surprised by him leaving.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh fans also took to social media with many strong opinions about the new hire.

With such backlash to the decision on Twitter, SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum adjusted one of his Tweets on the matter after many responded to him.

Kevin Stallings leaves Vanderbilt as the winningest coach in the school’s history with a 332-220 record. He took the Commodores to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Before arriving to Vanderbilt, Stallings held assistant coaching positions with Purdue and Kansas, then his first head coaching job at Illinois State. Vanderbilt Athletics Director David Williams released a statement on Stalling’s departure. At the end, Williams said “We will begin a national search immediately and are confident in our ability to find an outstanding person.”

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