Pitt coach Kevin Stallings mocks Louisville scandal, fires back at heckling fan

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (TNS)

Pitt coach Kevin Stallings had little to be happy about in his team's 77-51 ACC loss to Louisville on Tuesday.

But a heckling fan sent him even further over the edge.

Pittsburgh head coach Kevin Stallings.

Audio from the sideline appeared to catch Stallings yelling over to a Louisville fan: "At least we don't pay our guys $100,000."

The comment was in reference to an FBI investigation, in which Louisville is being probed for allegedly paying a recruit — later indentified as five-star recruit Brian Bowen — to sign with the school.

As a result, Louisville ousted Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino and said Bowen will never play for the school.

"Somebody said something bad about my players, so I'm just going to stick up for my players," Stallings said of the incident. "I probably said the wrong thing, but I'm not going to let people talk crap about my players."We're down, the game's over with, you don't need to insult kids who are out there trying to fight hard and do their best."

Interim Louisville coach David Padgett said he wasn't aware of the incident until he was asked about it after the game.

He said he knows the team has been — and most likely will be throughout the season — heckled on the road. At Purdue, Boilermakers fan came to the game wearing FBI shirts.

"We've just got to ignore that," he said. "Our players at Purdue, they didn't let it bother them, so it's not anything we're going to talk about or pay attention to."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.