Pittsburgh and Georgetown used to be conference foes when the Panthers were part of the Big East from 1982-2013.
With the Panthers in the ACC and Hoyas still in the Big East, the ties have thinned dramatically. But, after the news that came across the wire on Wednesday, Pitt and Georgetown are once again connected.
According to ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, assistant coach Kevin Sutton is trekking from Washington D.C. to the Steel City, having agreed to join the coaching staff of new Panthers head coach Kevin Stallings. Sutton had previously been a part of GU's staff since June of 2013 when he jumped from coaching with the George Washington Colonials.
New Pitt coach Kevin Stallings will hire Georgetown’s Kevin Sutton, sources told ESPN. Jeremy Ballard and Sutton great additions to staff.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 13, 2016
The news was then corroborated by D.C. area reporter Ben Standig.
Can confirm Georgetown assistant Kevin Sutton joining coaching staff at Pittsburgh. @GoodmanESPN 1st reported. #Hoyas— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) April 13, 2016
And, then, head coach Stallings officially announced the move on Twitter:
We've finalized our staff. Really happy with the group we have put together. Pumped to have @CoachSutton on board! #H2P @HailToPittHoops— Kevin Stallings (@KevinStallings) April 13, 2016
The move finalizes Stallings' staff at Pitt as the former Vanderbilt Commodores head coach will head into this season with a pretty solid coaching staff. As for Georgetown, John Thompson III now has the opportunity to fill the vacancy with either an internal hire or going somewhere outside the box. It will be intriguing to see the direction that JT3 goes in, but it would be hardly surprising if a hire from within was made.