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Report: Kevin Stallings blocks Sheldon Jeter’s transfer to Pitt

May 21, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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Kevin Stallings isn’t too happy about Sheldon Jeter’s decision to transfer.

According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Vanderbilt head coach has blocked his former player from transferring to Pitt next season.

Jeter is a graduate of Beaver Falls HS and announced over the weekend that he would be leaving the Commodores to transfer to a program closer to home. “Sheldon has indicated that he’d like to play closer to home, and we wish him the best,” Stallings said in the release that the school sent out, but apparently they only wish him the best if he transfers to a school of their choosing.

It is unclear, as of now, if Vanderbilt has decided to block Jeter from transferring to any other program. And ‘blocking’ the transfer doesn’t mean that Jeter can’t become a Panther; it means that, if Jeter were to decide to enroll at Pitt, he wouldn’t be allowed to be on scholarship while he sits out for a year due to NCAA transfer rules, having to pay his own tuition instead.

Last April, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan tried to block Jarrod Uthoff from transferring closer to him Iowa home, and he proceeded to make himself look foolish nationally. It will be interesting to see if there is the same pushback against Stallings.

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  1. titansbro - May 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Terrible move by the coach. It’s a kids future you’re effing with dude.

  2. sdb74 - May 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Bo Ryan blocked the move because a certain school near he kids Iowa home was tampering w/him big time.

  3. john42pl - May 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Seriously for the rest of history when someone transfers are you going to bring up Bo Ryan? The kid transferred to a school that remained on the restricted list. No matter how much you want to brag about the media “freeing” the kid, the media did nothing. The kid went to a school that was still on the restricted list.

  4. blastfurnaceknows - May 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I don’t get this at all. Vanderbilt is a class institution who plays in the SEC and has Pittsburgh nowhere on its schedule. This sure seems like a petty, infantile decision by a classless coach. Can someone reconcile that for me? He doesn’t want to go to school in Tennessee anymore, coach. He wants to go someplace closer to home. Pitt fits. What do you gain by doing this other than proving yourself to be the ass you appear to be?

  5. deantenn - May 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Seems very likely someone at Pitt tampered with Jeter. Pitt’s Rivals site reported he was a “target” while the kid was telling people on campus how good he thought Vandy could be next year. The only reason he didn’t go to Pitt out of high school as a freshman is that Pitt didn’t have a scholly. So good reason to think he might of been using Vandy as a prep school.

    Stallings hasn’t done this before. Hell, he allowed Andre Walker to go to Xavier — and Xavier was already on next year’s schedule. In other words, this wasn’t done willy-nilly.

    If you permit coaches to recruit guys from other teams, what’s to stop Thad Matta from recruiting the best player in the MAC or stop John Calipari from recruiting the best player in C-USA?

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