In what is shaping up to be some truly shocking news, CBS Sports college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein initially reported that Pat Chambers was expected to resign as the head coach of Penn State basketball.
Sources: Pat Chambers is stepping down as Penn State's head basketball coach. Official announcement expected soon.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 21, 2020
Additionally, Rothstein reported that assistant coach Jim Ferry will serve as interim head coach this season.
Rothstein’s tweets were then followed by an official release by Penn State’s athletic department, Chambers resigned “following an internal investigation of new allegations of inappropriate conduct.”
This resignation feels reminiscent of when Bruce Parkhill abruptly resigned as head coach in September 1995, just several weeks before the Nittany Lions tipped off their 1995-96 season. Assistant coach Jerry Dunn served as interim head coach that season and following a successful year that saw them make it to the NCAA Tournament as a five-seed, Dunn had the interim tag removed.
Chambers was entering his second-to-last year of a contract that went through the 2021-22 season and was coming off easily his most successful season as head coach, going 21-10 and 11-9 in Big Ten play and had PSU as a lock to play in March Madness had the COVID-19 pandemic not cancelled it. Overall, he sported a 148-150 (56-110 in B1G play) record in his nine years in Happy Valley.