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Chambers steps down as Penn State coach

Field Level Media
22 Oct 2020, 08:19 GMT+10

Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers resigned on Wednesday amid an internal investigation by the school into his conduct.

"Today, I'm announcing my departure from Penn State," Chambers said in a statement. "I am so proud of all our program has accomplished these past nine years, and I will be forever grateful to the Penn State community for its ongoing support."

Penn State released a statement, confirming that Chambers resigned.

"Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour accepted the resignation of head men's basketball coach Pat Chambers today following an internal investigation of new allegations of inappropriate conduct by Chambers. The new allegations surfaced shortly after The Undefeated's article and a review was conducted jointly by Penn State's Affirmative Action and Athletics Integrity offices," the statement read.

The move comes in the aftermath of former Penn State guard Rasir Bolton alleging that Chambers used racially tinged comments, including "noose around my neck." Bolton posted his comments to social media in July, saying he transferred to Iowa State because of the comments.

"A noose; symbolic of lynching, defined as one of the most powerful symbols directed at African Americans invoking the history of lynching, slavery and racial terrorism," Bolton wrote in the statement. "Due to other interactions with Coach, I knew this was no slip of the tongue."

Chambers acknowledged he made inappropriate remarks to Bolton.

"I've realized the pain my words and ignorance caused Rasir Bolton and his family and I apologize to Rasir and the Bolton family for what I said," Chambers wrote. "I failed to comprehend the experiences of others, and the reference I made was hurtful, insensitive and unacceptable. I cannot apologize enough for what I said, and I will carry that forever."

Chambers, 49, compiled a 148-150 record in nine years with the Nittany Lions.

Penn State assistant and former Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry has been named interim coach.

--Field Level Media

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