As the search to fill the head basketball coach vacancy at Pittsburgh continues, it appears there may be another hurdle for the candidate who takes the position.
According to a report from ESPN, the Pittsburgh basketball team has just two official recruiting visits left until Aug. 1. Former coach Kevin Stallings and his staff used 19 during their first year to sign 11 players and three last year to sign two guys. The NCAA rule states a program only gets 24 visits over two years.
While this is not good news for a new coach coming in with the hopes of building a new program, there also appears to be an exception to the rule.
According to the NCAA rule book, there's an exception if a new head coach is hired. The rule says the university may provide up to 25 percent of the original limitation of official visits, provided the previous head coach used 75 percent or more of the visits during that academic year.
The new Pittsburgh coach will need all of the official recruiting visits possible after eight players reportedly granted their release from the program earlier this month to explore transfer options.
The list of potential transfers comes after Stallings was fired from the program. He went 24-41 in two seasons with the Panthers, including an 0-18 mark in ACC play this past season.