Chambers resigns from his position
The Associated Press
Penn State’s Pat Chambers has resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by the Nittany Lions’ basketball coach.
Chambers, 49, had been at the school for nine years and was coming off the team’s best season under his directions.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement that assistant coach Jim Ferry was being elevated to interim coach for the coming season. NCAA basketball season starts Nov. 25.
Chambers was in the middle of a four-year contract with Penn State that runs through 2021-22 season. He was 148-150 with Penn State, including an NIT championship in 2018.
Penn State finished 21-10 record last season and was likely to earn an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2011 before the postseason was canceled because of the pandemic.
Earlier this year, former Penn State player Rasir Bolton, now at Iowa State, made allegations of inappropriate conduct by Chambers to ESPN’s “The Undefeated.”
Bolton said during a particularly difficult stretch for the team in January 2019, Chambers told him: “I want to loosen the noose that’s around your neck.”
Barbour said the team was informed by Chambers at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“As you can imagine, it was difficult news for them to hear,” Barbour said. “Coach Chambers has many current and former players that have been glowing in their praise for him. Many have good relationships with him. There’s been a little bit of shock, and they’re very disappointed.”
Chambers, whose 18 wins against ranked teams are the most in PSU history, apologized for the comment.
Penn State said in its statement new allegations surfaced shortly after the story and a review was conducted jointly by Penn State’s Affirmative Action and Athletics Integrity offices.
Chambers released a statement Wednesday. It read:
“Today, I’m announcing my departure from Penn State. I am so proud of all our program has accomplished these past nine years, and I will be forever grateful to the Penn State community for its ongoing support.
“Anyone who has ever coached — especially at this level — knows the exceptional amount of energy and focus it takes to deliver each and every day. This has been an incredibly difficult year for me and my family, and we are in need of a break to reset and chart our path forward. So, I’m taking a step back to prepare myself for the next 20 years. And while I do, I’ll celebrate all we accomplished.”