STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) — Penn State’s Pat Chambers has resigned as men’s basketball coach.
In a release, Penn State says Chambers resigned on Wednesday “following an internal investigation of new allegations of inappropriate conduct by Chambers.”
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said during a press news conference that she would not disclose details of the school’s investigation, but did say NCAA matters were not part of the investigation.
The investigation followed a July story by ESPN’s “The Undefeated” that quoted a former Penn State player saying Chambers made an insensitive remark to him, referencing a noose during the 2018-19 season.
Jim Ferry will be the interim head coach for the 2020-21 season, the university announced. The start of the NCAA basketball season is slated for Nov. 25. Ferry has previously been a head coach at Long Island University-Brooklyn and Duquesne.
In a statement to the online sports network Stadium, Chambers said: “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.”
Chambers spent the last nine season with Penn State, including winning 21 games a season ago. The Nittany Lions won the NIT Championship during the 2017-18 season. He was 148-150 with Penn State
In 2018, Chambers and PSU agreed to a four-year contract extension. He is signed through the 2021-22 season.
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