On Friday, David Williams, AD for the Vanderbilt Commodores, said that the outburst that coach Kevin Stallings had after the win over Tennessee was an “unfortunate” one, and also said that the problem will be dealt with within the team. Pay per head sportsbooks can see that the coach is currently being heavily criticized for his actions, and would like to see how this whole issue plays out.
After the game on Thursday, Stallings was not very nice at all to Wade Baldwin IV.
On Thursday, the school said that Stallings won’t receive a suspension after what he did.
“I met with Coach Stallings earlier today about last night’s post-game incident,” said Williams. “We agreed that Kevin’s offensive and inflammatory language directed toward a student-athlete was inappropriate, regardless of the high emotions at the time. Coach Stallings and I agree that as head coach, he must exemplify the high code of conduct he expects from his team members. This is an unfortunate incident since Coach Stallings has always stood for high ideals in academics, character and sportsmanship during his 16 years as our head coach.
“I understand that coach’s action has generated discussion and opinions; we have heard from those supporting the coach’s intent and from those angered and embarrassed by his comment. Coach Stallings apologized to the student-athlete after the game as well as issuing an immediate public apology. Vanderbilt considers this a personnel issue and as such it will be handled internally.”
After Vanderbilt’s win of 73-65, the coach clapped right in from of Armani Moore, forward for Tennessee, and a staff member for Vanderbilt told Stallings about what Baldwin did. The Vanderbilt took Baldwin out of the line of handshakes, and yelled at him while swearing, even saying, “I’m going to f—ing kill you.”
The coach said that he “he did not mean his words literally” when he had the outburst.
“I handled it completely inappropriately, and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration,” said the coach. “Having said that, and it may seem as though I’m trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense, and I’ve never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That’s not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future.”
Mike Slive, SEC commissioner, was pleased with the team’s decision to take care of the issue themselves, and pay per head sportsbooks hope that they work through this problem in the best possible manner.
“These matters are best handled at the institutional level and we are satisfied Vanderbilt is handling this matter appropriately,” said Slive.