Fans Shocked & Frustrated Following Pat Chambers’ Resignation
Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers officially resigned from the team Wednesday night.
After a nine-year tenure in Happy Valley, Chambers will leave the team following an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct. The investigation came in response to former guard Rasir Bolton’s allegations of Chambers’ racially insensitive comments over the summer, which led to his eventual transfer.
Last season, Chambers’ squad posted its best season in years and was poised to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time during his tenure.
Naturally, some Penn Staters on Twitter were shocked and frustrated by the unexpected move.
Years of progress towards a Tourney birth are down the drain now. Back to rebuild mode after the 2020-21 season— Jared Seiler (@JSeiler2) October 21, 2020
To say this is shocking is an understatement. Pat had a pretty long leash to get the program off the ground in Happy Valley, and last season felt like a turning point.— Mitch Stewart (@mitchystew) October 21, 2020
Back to square one for the h Lions. https://t.co/JoQ5g1ofIc
*clears throat*— Matt (@MattOgden98) October 21, 2020
Pat Chambers just spent 10 years building this flaming tire fire into something resembling a competitive Division I program and they gave him the boot a month before tip-off. There better be a good reason for his “resignation”— Aaron Yorke (@AaronPYorke) October 21, 2020
This really sucks. Coronavirus sucks. Penn State basketball was finally on its way up. I honestly got more hyped for basketball games last year than I did football. I was even more excited for March Madness than usual. This man never had a real chance. https://t.co/CGvEDg1phC— Jack McCune (@Fromp4) October 21, 2020
After a historic season in State College… this is incredibly shocking https://t.co/JsFZIFomJI— Jared Seiler (@JSeiler2) October 21, 2020
He did nothing wrong! Just like PSU to turn its back on a coach! Asshats— missy elliott (@missy_elliottt) October 21, 2020
Some, on the other hand, aren’t too upset to see the former head coach depart.
Because we haven’t had enough toxic white male behavior exposed today.— Bonnie Sierlecki (@Get_Bonnified) October 21, 2020
Yeah, I said “exposed.” ?? https://t.co/5JsorPbcCc
can this school maybe stop hiring garbage people ? https://t.co/87sBATVHNw— ???????????? ????????? (@overlysalted_) October 21, 2020
Thank you god https://t.co/P0d0JTXeRN— Penn State UNRIVALED (@UNRIVALED_PSU_) October 21, 2020
However, Chambers has made an impact on many in the community and that won’t be forgotten.
THANK YOU, @Coach_Chambers— BRUNGO (@samuelbrungo) October 21, 2020
Pat has done so much for this University and for the State College community. It has been such a pleasure to get to know the Chambers family over the past few summers. Wishing them all the best on what comes next! ? https://t.co/fxWzS2uAsF
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Diaz served at the helm of Penn State’s defense from 2022 to 2023.
There were a lot of Penn State fans who took to Twitter when Manny Diaz’s departure was announced. The consensus? They’ll miss him.
Diaz led the Nittany Lions to a No. 1 total defense ranking with 3.91 yards per play.