The fallout from Kevin Stallings's recent trip to the ESPN headline mill will be handled internally, according to Vanderbilt Director of Athletics David Williams. The longtime Vandy administrator announced that the Commodore basketball coach won't face any public disciplinary action for threatening guard Wade Baldwin IV in front of ESPN cameras on Thursday night.
Stallings has been contrite and apologetic since the incident. The Vandy coach issued a public apology minutes after pulling Baldwin from the postgame handshake line to confront Tennessee forward Armani Moore. Baldwin later tweeted that there were no hard feelings between the two men:
Coach Stallings is the best coach in America. I felt no offense to anything. We are both fiery people and that's why I chose Vandy ⚓️— Wade Baldwin IV (@The_Fourth_Wade) February 27, 2015
Stallings continued to express regret over the incident in a Friday press conference. He also offered compliments for Baldwin, calling the freshman guard a "terrific kid."
Here's Williams's statement on the matter, via VUCommodores.com:
I met with Coach Stallings earlier today about last night's post-game incident. 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.
Update: Here is the VUCommodores video of Coach Stallings addressing the media prior to Friday's practice