With just one month before the college basketball season is set to begin, Penn State coach Pat Chambers has resigned after an internal investigation into inappropriate conduct by Chambers, the school announced Wednesday.
Chambers came under fire in July after Rasir Bolton, a former Penn State player, alleged in a story by The Undefeated that Chambers referenced there being a “noose” around Bolton’s neck. Bolton later departed the program and transferred to Iowa State.
Shortly before Chambers made the comment to Bolton, the coach was suspended one game for shoving a player during a timeout against Michigan in January 2019.
According to a release, new allegations against Chambers have come to light since The Undefeated wrote about Bolton’s experience. Penn State said a review was conducted by the school’s Affirmative Action and Athletics Integrity offices.
“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,” a statement from Chambers reads in part. “So, I’m taking a step back to prepare myself for the next 20 years.
“… I remain deeply committed to helping student-athletes reach their full potential on and off the court, and I look forward to giving my all for them in my next role,” Chambers’ statement continued.
Official statement from Pat Chambers: pic.twitter.com/AgWQKqWtKL— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) October 21, 2020
Chambers has spent nine seasons with the Nittany Lions, accumulating a 148-150 record overall and a 33.7 winning percentage in the Big Ten. He led Penn State to an NIT championship in 2018 and 21 wins last season before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were derailed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Chambers had signed a four-year contract extension in 2018. In his stead, assistant coach Jim Ferry will serve as the interim head coach for the 2020-21 season.
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