Pittsburgh hires Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings watches from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida in Nashville, Tenn. Pittsburgh hired Stallings away from Vanderbilt on Sunday, March 27, 2016, tasking him with rejuvenating a program that had stagnated during the final years under Jamie Dixon. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt on Sunday with hopes he can rejuvenate a program that idled during the final years under Jamie Dixon.

Stallings spent the last 17 seasons with the Commodores. He has a 332-220 record while leading his team to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Vanderbilt was 19-14 this season, losing to Wichita State in the opening round of the NCAAs.

The 55-year-old is a two-time SEC Coach of the Year. He led the Commodores to eight 20-win seasons. He takes over for Dixon, who left Pitt last week after 13 years to take the same job at TCU, his alma mater.

Athletic director Scott Barnes says Stallings plays an up-tempo style and runs his programs with ''impeccable character.''

Stallings is expected to be introduced on Monday.