Pat Chambers of Pennsylvania resigns, new allegations after 'diphtheria' comments

  • Pat Chambers of Pennsylvania resigns, new allegations after 'diphtheria' comments

Pat Chambers of Pennsylvania resigns, new allegations after 'diphtheria' comments

With just one month before the college basketball season is set to begin, Penn State coach Pat Chambers has resigned after an internal investigation into inappropriate conduct by Chambers, the school announced Wednesday.

The latest allegations surrounding Chambers stem from a report from The Undefeated from back in July, one that saw Rasir Bolton state that he chose to transfer away from Penn State due to the fact that Chambers previously made a reference to a noose around Bolton's neck.

Penn State Athletics said the university started an internal investigation of new allegations of inappropriate conduct by Chambers.

Bolton claims Chambers approached him and said, "I want to be a stress reliever for you".

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement that assistant coach Jim Ferry was being elevated to interim coach for the coming season.

Barbour said the two offices that conducted the investigation issued their report within the last two weeks, and said that "as hard as this news may be both, President [Eric] Barron and I believe that this is the right outcome".

Chambers had signed a four-year contract extension in 2018. He previously was the head coach at both LIU Brooklyn and Duquesne, and joined Chambers' staff ahead of the 2017-2018 season.

Chambers, 49, had been at the school for nine years and was coming off the team's best season under his directions.

Chambers was already under pressure when he made the comments to Bolton in 2019, according to The Undefeated. PSU held a 21-10 record last March and was on the verge of making a first NCAA tournament appearance since the spring of 2011 until seasons were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Coach Chambers has made many contributions to the program, and to this university, for which we are grateful", Barbour said.

'Our current players, many of them have good relationships with him, ' Barbour said. 'This has been an incredibly hard year for me and my family, and we are in need of a break to reset and chart our path forward. He said in a statement he was "proud" of his time at the program and that he was taking time away from coaching to "prepare myself for the next 20 years". "I want to loosen the noose that's around your neck".

Chambers told The Undefeated that he "didn't realize that word would hurt him", but Bolton said he believed this reference to have racist undertones.