Eight Pittsburgh Panthers basketball players request their release in the wake of the coach change

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  • Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider


    • Joined ESPN as a member of the college basketball team in June 2013
    • Previously wrote for CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com

PITTSBURGH – In addition to talented freshman Parker Stewart, seven other Pittsburgh players have requested, and are expected to receive, its launch on Friday to explore the transfer. Options, multiple sources close to the basketball program told ESPN.

Sources told ESPN that Ryan Luther, second-year student Kene Chukwuka and four other freshmen – Marcus Carr, Khameron Davis, Terrell Brown and Shamiel Stevenson – requested permission to contact each other. other schools on Friday afternoon. Luther will have to apply and is expected to receive another year of eligibility.

Junior Malik Ellison, who missed last season after being transferred from St. John's, also requested his release. His situation, however, is somewhat uncertain because he did not play last season after the transfer.

Pitt Parker Stewart guard (right) is disappointed with the school's decision to lay off Kevin Stallings. Mario Houben / CSM / AP Photo

Stewart told ESPN that his main reason for leaving was the firing of Kevin Stallings.

"We had a difficult year, but most of the team was freshman and we felt that I would have the opportunity to improve next year," Stewart told ESPN. "We liked the coach Stallings, he was a great guy as a person and he treated us well."

Stallings soared after two years and with a global record of 24-41. Pittsburgh, which has not yet hired a substitute for Stallings, was 0-18 at the ACC last season.

Players met with executive sporting director Chris Hoppe on Wednesday, the sources told ESPN. The athletic director, Heather Lyke, contacted all the players shortly after the dismissal of Stallings, but did not attend the meeting. One source said that Lyke has been working to schedule individual meetings with all the players.

Pittsburgh has a standard policy in place to not allow an undergraduate transfer to go to ACC schools or a program on next season's calendar, and a source told ESPN that those restrictions will be included in the release of Every player.

The three players who returned who have not asked for their release, according to the sources, are junior Jared Wilson-Frame, the team's top scorer; and the freshman Samson George reserve and Peace Ilegomah, who combined to play only 185 minutes last season.

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