Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers will miss Sunday's game against Wisconsin due to a one-game suspension. The incident that led to his suspension occurred in the first half of Thursday's loss to Michigan, in which Chambers shoved freshman guard Miles Dread during a TV timeout. Chambers claimed after the game he was trying to challenge Dread and fire him up.
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced the suspension in a statement via the Penn State Athletics Twitter account.
"Coach Chambers and I have spoken about what occurred during the Michigan game and he is very remorseful," Barbour said. "His actions were unacceptable, which he recognized, and he apologized to Myles Dread last night and his family today. His actions do not reflect the values of Penn State and the expectations we set for our programs and must not occur again. Pat and I agree his actions were unacceptable and he will be suspended for Sunday night's game vs. Wisconsin."
Chambers also released a statement, saying, "I apologized to Myles after the game and I have spoken with his family. My actions were inappropriate; that's not what Penn State stands for or what I stand for. I told Myles I was sorry that it happened. Sandy and I have spoken and agreed there are some things I need to address. I've assured her this won't happen again and understand my actions last night come with consequences."
Penn State (7-7, 0-3) will face a tough Wisconsin team (10-4, 2-1) in the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 pm. The Lions are still searching for a win in conference play, and will try to accomplish this without their head coach on the bench.