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Pat Chambers ‘Forever Grateful’ To Penn State Following Resignation

Pat Chambers released a statement Wednesday night confirming his decision to step down as Penn State men’s basketball’s head coach.

“Today, I’m announcing my departure from Penn State,” Chambers wrote. “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.”

New misconduct allegations against Chambers prompted an internal investigation. The new accusations surfaced after former Penn State guard Rasir Bolton alleged this past June that Chambers made comments involving a “noose around [his] neck,” causing him to his transfer.

Chambers did not reference the investigation in his statement but said that it has been “an incredibly difficult year for [him] and his family.”

“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,” Chambers wrote. “This has been an incredibly difficult year for me and my family, and we are in need of a break to re-set and chart our path forward. So, I’m taking a step back to prepare myself for the next 20 years.”

Chambers went on to list some of what he and his coaching staff accomplished in Happy Valley, including a program-record 61 wins over a three-season stretch and a 90% graduation rate.

Chambers will leave Penn State with a 148-150 regular-season record over the course of a nine-year career. He has a 2018 NIT Championship to his name after the team went 26-13 overall and led the Nittany Lions 21-10 overall record last season before it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Assistant coach Jim Ferry will step in as the team’s interim head coach for the 2020-2021 season. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said Ferry will be considered for the permanent position at season’s end and could launch a national search for a new leader.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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