Pat Chambers steps down as Penn State basketball head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Penn State men's basketball head coach Pat Chambers announced Wednesday that he would be immediately resigning from his position. The announcement comes five weeks before the 2020-21 college basketball season is scheduled to tip off.
Chambers was investigated for comments he made to former player Rasir Bolton.
Bolton said he decided to leave Penn State after Chambers referenced "a noose around my neck" in a meeting between them. https://t.co/mFmgRTMKuC
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 21, 2020
Chambers has been under investigation regarding his treatment of players, particularly former Nittany Lion Rasir Bolton, who explained his reasons for transferring in July.
Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour doesn't clarify whether or not Chambers stepping down is a direct result of the investigation, but he does allude to the situation.
After reports of his resignation surfaced, Chambers released a statement confirming the news.
Official statement from Pat Chambers: pic.twitter.com/AgWQKqWtKL
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) October 21, 2020
"I'm so proud of all our program has accomplished these past nine years," Chambers said. "I will be forever grateful to the Penn State community for its ongoing support. 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. 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 ends his tenure in Penn State with a 148-150 overall career coaching record, including going 56-110 in the competitive Big Ten. He appeared poised to make his first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assistant coach Jim Ferry will serve as the Nittany Lions' interim coach for the 2020-21 season.