PSU Basketball Coach Chambers Resigns

Reports out that "noose" comment to player at center of decision
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers gestures to his team during the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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Just over a month before the start of the 2020-21 basketball season and Penn State will be searching for a new coach.

Pat Chambers, who led the program for nine years, resigned Wednesday evening.

Assistant coach Jim Ferry will serve as interim head coach this season. Ferry coached Duquesne from 2012-2017.

A reason was not initially provided for the resignation, but PennLive.com reports that the situation involves Chambers’ treatment of players during his time in charge.

In July, former Nittany Lions player Rasir Bolton posted to social media that he left the Penn State program after Chambers said Bolton had a “noose” around his neck. Bolton transferred to Iowa State. PennLive.com reports that this comment is one of multiple issues involving Chambers and former players.

In 2019, Chambers was suspended one game for shoving one of his players during a game against Michigan.

In nine years in State College, Chambers went 148–150 overall, 56-110 in Big Ten play, and never made an NCAA Tournament.

Last season the Nittany Lions went 21-10 and tied for fifth place in the Big Ten.