As Penn State made its late season run that eventually culminated with the NIT Championship, it became apparent that this year would not be the end of Pat Chambers' reign in Happy Valley. That notion became official today as Sandy Barbour announced a four-year contract extension for Chambers. His current contract now runs through the 2022 season, but in typical Penn State fashion, the terms of compensation have not yet been disclosed.
From the surface, this extension will draw criticism from outside observers who can't fathom why a school would tolerate such a long tenure without any NCAA tournament bids. Chambers' prior contract was set to expire after the 2019 season, so many assumed an at-large bid in 2018 was required for the coach to remain employed. However, Barbour continually said over the past year that improvement in the Big Ten was her measuring stick. Chambers then delivered his first .500 season in the league, made the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, and went on to win the NIT. Penn State's 26 wins on the season were the second-most in program history.
With the program taking an obvious step forward despite failing to make the NCAAs, Barbour has decided to stay the course and support Chambers' efforts. However, the question still lingers about the expectations going forward. Mainly, when does Chambers have to make the NCAA tournament?
It remains to be seen how much more patience Barbour will exert, contract extension or not. This token extension was necessary for the perception of stability in recruiting. The Nittany Lions added two recruits, transfer Izaiah Brockington and prep guard Myreon Jones in the past week.