Following the sudden, surprising resignation of Penn State men's basketball head coach Patrick Chambers on Wednesday, athletic director Sandy Barbour held a short press conference to address immediate questions.
Barbour re-emphasized the statement released shortly after the news was leaked by Jon Rothstein and Jeff Goodman of Stadium, and noted that she would not get into specifics of "personnel matters," so there are plenty of questions that remain.
She said that the internal investigation into Chambers resulted in a report that was delivered to her and university president Eric Barron "inside the last two weeks." The investigation, which began after the Undefeated article in which Rasir Bolton described racist language that Chambers used in speaking to him during the 2018-19 season, uncovered an allegation "previously unknown to Penn State, independent of and unrelated to the Undefeated article."
Asked if the allegation was related to recruiting violations, Barbour declined to get into the specifics, though she did clarify that "NCAA matters were not part of this."
Chambers informed the players of his resignation at about 4:30 p.m. according to Barbour. She described a reaction of "shock" with "very disappointed" players, and noted that many current and former players have "very good relationships" with Chambers, and had been "glowing in their praise of him" when asked about the coach.
"Coach Chambers is the one that delivered the news to them, and as you can imagine it was difficult news for them to hear."— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 21, 2020
Sandy Barbour shares how @PennStateMBB players learned about Pat Chambers' resignation. pic.twitter.com/dr4jpJ5Al7
Barbour shared that assistant coach Jimy Ferry will take over as the interim coach for the upcoming season. When asked about the chances for Jim Ferry to keep the job full-time, Barbour said that she would "love to see" the program have the kind of success in 2020-21 "that would give coach Ferry a fair shot" at the position.
Ferry previously served as the head coach at Long Island University (2002-2012) and Duquesne (2012-2017). He has a record of 210-246 as a head coach, including two NCAA Tournament berths with LIU after his team won the Northeastern Conference in both the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
This story is ongoing, and Roar Lions Roar will continue to provide updates as more news breaks.