Update: ESPN's Jeff Goodman has more details on Pitt's impending exodus. Here are the names of the eight Panthers expected to leave the program:
In addition to talented freshman Parker Stewart, seven other Pittsburgh players have asked for -- and are expected to receive -- their release on Friday to explore transfer options, multiple sources close to the basketball program told ESPN.
Sources told ESPN that senior Ryan Luther, sophomore Kene Chukwuka and four more freshmen -- Marcus Carr, Khameron Davis, Terrell Brown and Shamiel Stevenson -- asked for permission to contact other schools on Friday afternoon.
Malik Ellison, a junior who just transferred from St. John's and sat out this season, is also expected to leave Pitt.
Original: Things might be getting worse for Pitt basketball before they get better.
The Pitt Panthers, coming off of a season in which they failed to win an ACC game, will reportedly need an entirely new roster. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Pitt has granted eight of its players release. They'll all transfer - today, according to Goodman.
Pitt recently fired head coach Kevin Stallings after an 8-24 campaign - one that featured an 0-18 record in the ACC.
If you're wondering, yes, eight players transferring from one major program that wasn't embroiled in scandal is essentially unprecedented.
At the moment, it's unknown which eight players will be transferring. Some have noted that Pitt only had nine players who played in games who weren't seniors.
Clearly, whoever takes the Pitt job is going to have some work to do. The Panthers are going to need to grab a number of transfers and potentially find more recruits willing to play for the school.