Quotes and Notes from Pat Chambers' Weekly Presser

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Chambers discussed THON, Jermaine Marshall and his team's effort

The problem with being the coach of a basketball team that isn't exactly the 1996 Chicago Bulls is that you need to think of creative ways to get people to come out to your games.

At his weekly press conference, Pat Chambers discussed his plan to get students to come out to Thursday's game against Iowa. Like everything else involving Penn State for the next few days, it involved THON.

Chambers, as you may know, has decided to give $10 to THON for every student that shows up on Thursday. According to Chambers, getting people to come to the game is "5th on the list" of reasons why he is doing this.

"I have three children and they're all healthy," Chambers said on why he is doing this, "so I'm one of the lucky ones. That's where it all started.

"I just wanted to be a part of it in some way. My wife and I spoke Sunday night at great length on what we could do."

The outspoken Chambers also discussed his first experience at THON last season.

"THON has just blown me away. It really has. I don't get nervous in front of people...I was actually nervous last year."

As for on-the-court news, Chambers disclosed that redshirt junior guard Jermaine Marshall didn't start against Nebraska last weekend because of a knee injury, and he is trying to keep an eye on the team's second leading scorer's minutes as to not exacerbate the injury.

Chambers also mentioned working hard in practice ("I'm trying to find production. Whoever earns it in practice is gonna play...as long as they continue to bring it, I'm gonna give guys chances"), mixing things up during games ("When you're 0-11, you wanna do some different things. And that's what we're doing.") and hoping his team could be the best they can be, whether they're, "2 and whatever, 1 and whatever or 0 and whatever" in conference.

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