Penn State men’s basketball head coach Pat Chambers is stepping down, initially reported by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman Wednesday.
Chambers has been the Nittany Lions head coach since 2011. He led Penn State to its best season in years in ’19-20, ranking as high as No. 9 in the AP poll and finishing 5th in the Big Ten.
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“Today, I am 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,” Chambers said in his official statement, which is below.
In July, former Nittany Lion guard Rasir Bolton issued a statement about insensitive comments Chambers made while a member of the program. Bolton decided to transfer to Iowa State in 2019.
PennLive.com’s David Jones reports that Chambers has been the subject of an “internal investigation for the past several months.”
Chambers is 148-150 overall during his tenure with Penn State. He led the Nittany Lions to an NIT championship in 2018. Chambers began his D-I head coaching career at Boston University.
Jim Ferry will serve as the interim head coach for the upcoming season, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Ferry has been an assistant on Chambers’ staff at Penn State since 2017.
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