Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings made a reference to the Louisville pay-for-play scandal in a response to fans during Tuesday night's 77-51 loss to the Cardinals.

Stallings turned to fans at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center and said, "At least we didn't pay our guys $100,000" and "We didn't pay our guys 100 grand, though," according to a recording provided by WHAS reporter Whitney Harding.

Following the game, Stallings was asked about the exchange.

"Somebody said something bad about my players. I'm just going to stick up for my players," Stallings said. "Probably said the wrong thing, but I'm not going to let people talk crap about my players.

"We're down, the game's over with, you don't need to insult kids who are out there trying to fight hard and do their best. So like I said, I probably should have chosen some different words, but I'm not going to let people take shots at our players."