Chambers Resigns As Penn State Men’s Basketball Coach After Internal Investigation

Oct 21, 2020

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers reacts to a call late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in State College, Pa.
Credit Gary M. Baranec / AP Photo

Patrick Chambers has stepped down as Penn State’s men’s basketball coach. Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has accepted and confirmed Chambers’ resignation.

Penn State Athletics said the university started an internal investigation of new allegations of inappropriate conduct by Chambers. Penn State says the allegations surfaced shortly after a former player spoke out in an article by The Undefeated about racially insensitive remarks by Chambers. The investigation was performed jointly by Penn State’s Affirmative Action and Athletics integrity offices. 

Barbour said assistant coach Jim Ferry will take over as interim head coach for the 2020-21 season. Chambers was entering his tenth season leading the Nittany Lions and released a statement about his departure through basketball analyst Jeff Goodman. 

“I am so proud of all our program has accomplished these past nine years, and I will forever be grateful to the Penn State community for its ongoing support,” Chambers said.