Penn State showed signs of improvement in the final month of the season, but the questions surrounding the job security of Patrick Chambers remained. Well, it appears the Nittany Lions are firm on their coaching decision for next season.
This season was full of optimism for the basketball program after ending last year as NIT champions. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions didn’t win their first game in conference play until February.
Despite finishing the season with a 14-18 record, Penn State will keep Chambers as the head coach. The university has confidence in his abilities to lead the team to success in the future.
Chambers signed a contract extension through 2022 last spring, and clearly administration wants to honor that deal as of now.
Following the team’s loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour spoke about her faith in Chambers.
After his Nittany Lions’ blew an 8-point lead with 4:55 left against Minnesota on Thursday night in the second round of the Big Ten tournament and lost 77-72 in overtime, Chambers thanked Barbour and the PSU administration for its support at the postgame conference.
Later, Matt Fortuna of The Athletic asked Barbour specifically whether Chambers would be back. Her response was affirmative: “My support for Pat has never wavered,” she added.
If forward Lamar Stevens stays for his senior season, Chambers will have a dependable scorer for next season.
Considering that postseason basketball won’t be in the picture for Penn State in 2019, it’s vital the coaching staff gets back on track in the near future.