Penn State has had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in addition to another problem entering its season opener against the Virginia Military Institute in State College, Pa., on Saturday. The Nittany Lions will play their first game under interim coach Jim Ferry after Pat Chambers resigned last month after former Penn State guard Rasir Bolton claimed Chambers said Bolton, who is Black, had a "noose" around his neck. Chambers, who is white, tweeted an apology.
Penn State coach Patrick Chambers resigned under pressure on Oct. 21 after an internal investigation of what was deemed inappropriate conduct, but it does not appear that his former players are on board with the decision. Under interim coach Jim Ferry, the Nittany Lions will try to keep their focus only on the court Wednesday when they host Drexel in the season opener for both teams.
Saturday, Jan. 9: Michigan at Penn State; and Ohio State at Rutgers. Sunday, Jan. 10: Maryland at Illinois; and Indiana at Nebraska. Sunday, Jan. 10 or Monday, Jan. 11: Minnesota at Iowa.