Kevin Stallings Curses at Player Following Tennessee Win [VIDEO]
Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings lost his temper and repeatedly cursed at one of his players Thursday night while ESPN cameras picked up everything.
Stallings was disciplining freshman Wade Baldwin IV for taunting a Tennessee player as the clock expired and Vanderbilt won the game. When a Vols' assistant coach informed Stallings of the behavior, the head coach yanked Baldwin out of line and made him apologize for his actions.
Throughout most of the disciplinary moment, Stallings was cursing at his young player, but it wasn't until a comment during postgame handshakes that most people thought he took it too far. As you see in the video, Stallings yells, "I'll (expletive) kill you."
The 16-year Vanderbilt head coach talked about sportsmanship in the press conference that followed his team's 73-65 win, pointing out that Baldwin's actions don't have a place in his program. It wasn't until later that Stallings found out that everything he said aired on national television.
"I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade -- and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration," the coach told ESPN. "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."
Vanderbilt's next game is Saturday against Alabama.