Rutgers 64, Penn State 60: Panic Mode in State College

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mundyscorner99's picture

Being "close" against Rutgers is not anywhere near where you want to be.  I fully expected this to be a "take your frustrations out" type of game and a win in the 20 point range.  It's amazing to think that the last game that Penn State won against a Big Ten opponent was the game vs Ohio State at MSG in the Big Ten Tournament.  It's also hard to believe that this team peaked in exhibition season.  It's a shame because the second half of the Big Ten schedule seemed to lighten up that if the team could get it together, 6 or 7 wins were out there, but now getting rid of the zero in record looks to be a larger goal than expected.

I'm not one for calling for someone's job, but if it is decided at the end of the season to go in a different direction, I would prefer that they go into the "re-tread that is trying to re-establish his image" type of pool, someone like Steve Alford....even if that coach would likely use Penn State to move on to a bigger and better job after a few (hopefully successful) years.  Alford has accomplished some things, including 11 NCAA tournament appearances, and has a recognized name that could possibly recruit more than one area.  I think taking a chance on someone like that, like Virginia Tech did with Buzz Williams, would be my preferred path instead of a coach with little major college experience.

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DanDakich's picture

I hope they keep the Used Car salesman on for another four seasons, so that the recently enlightened masses, who have finally come to admit that he is a craptastic head coach, should suffer through four seasons with a head coach, at the helm, that they KNOW sucks (and should have been fired four years earlier).

Keep the Used Car Salesman. Climb With Us. Trust the Process. Trust in what the Used Car Salesman said in the post-game presser, "...I just love the team's grit. We're this close to breaking through. I'm more optimistic walking out of this arena than I was a week ago" and "I can't wait to watch this film tonight. I'm fired up".

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Craig Fitzgerald's Biggest Fan's picture

This loss is the closest I’ve come to thinking I finally agree with the Fire Chambers chorus. I’m fine with letting him finish the year, but I’m squinting really hard to see a ceiling above 2 conference wins for this team. I think I’m ready to be sold hope by someone else. 

Cant help but wonder where this team is with 1 more year of Tony Carr. 

Never forget Virginia owes us a home game

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Craig Fritz's picture

He should be done, but there's no hope. It will be the same song again. We can do this dance in another 5-8 years.

Matt de Bear's picture

Like Craig said, unless the AD vastly ups their investment in the program, it'll be more of the same. Random message board speculation/fake insiders not withstanding, there has been zero evidence that will happen. They make tons of money off of the program which helps fund the rest of the athletics program.

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Craig Fitzgerald's Biggest Fan's picture

My preferred solution would be increased admin support along with the new coach. I can’t see the fan base reacting well to suddenly investing a ton more money in the program unless it came with a new coach. I also don’t see us hiring a quality coach unless it does come with better support. 

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Matt de Bear's picture

I think it's all but certain that there will be a new coach sometime this spring, barring some massive turnaround which is beyond unlikely. 

The question is do you increase your salary expenditure on a basketball coach and staff by 150%? Based on what we've been led to believe Chambers and his staff makes, that's probably around your starting point for the holy grail of a "big name coach".

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thekmosh's picture

In the late 1880's, the football team was fielded without a head coach. We went 12-8-1 before hiring George Hoskins as our first coach. Perhaps the basketball team could save some money and just cut out the middleman.

"Maybe I'm just a dumb defensive coach"

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Craig Fitzgerald's Biggest Fan's picture

Our 2018/2019 conference record wouldn’t be any worse. 

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thekmosh's picture

Going independent might be fun.

"Maybe I'm just a dumb defensive coach"

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Craig Fitzgerald's Biggest Fan's picture

I hear the Atlantic 10 is great this time of year

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thekmosh's picture

The Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association was really good to us for football back in 1891, let's get the band back together for basketball!

"Maybe I'm just a dumb defensive coach"

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thekmosh's picture

A couple got engaged at this game. Divorced within 2 years?

"Maybe I'm just a dumb defensive coach"

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