By Harry Allison
Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers has resigned following an investigation into “new allegations of inappropriate conduct,” the school announced.
Chambers, a Newtown Square native who was Jay Wright’s assistant at Villanova from 2004-2009, was in hot water after Rasir Bolton, who transferred from Penn State to Iowa State during Chambers’ tenure, alleged that the coach made an inappropriate reference to a noose with him.
New allegations against Chambers surfaced after Bolton spoke to The Undefeated about the incident, and a review was conducted by the school’s Affirmative Action and Athletics Integrity offices. It does not specify what those allegations were, though PennLive’s David Jones reports that investigators spoke to many players and coaches about Chambers’ treatment of them as well as possible recruiting irregularities.
Penn State assistant coach Jim Ferry will serve as interim head coach for the 2020-21 season.
Bolton made headlines in July when he posted a statement explaining his decision to transfer from Penn State, more than a year after he landed at Iowa State.
Bolton pointed to an incident in which Chambers made a reference to a “noose” around his player’s neck. Bolton said he immediately confronted Chambers and Penn State officials about the comment, but received no apology and only tips on how to deal with Chambers’ personality type. Bolton claims he was then isolated among the team.
It’s the end of a nine-year tenure at Penn State for Chambers, who oversaw a rise from Big Ten doormats to respectability for the Nittany Lions. The team won the NIT championship in 2018 and was on track for its first NCAA tournament berth since 2011 this year until the COVID-19 pandemic swallowed the season.