Mired in a seven-sport dropping streak and nevertheless searching for a Massive Ten earn this year, Pat Chambers is not anxious about his position security. Even if the escalating social media mob implies he ought to be.
“No one’s patting me on the shoulder saying, ‘You’re strolling the plank.’ I really don’t experience that way. I really don’t experience that way at all,” the Penn Condition men’s basketball coach mentioned Tuesday. “I nevertheless have my routine. I go to Dunkin Donuts. I go to Faccia Luna. If you want to uncover me, that’s where by I am. Appear see me. Please, these people on Twitter, appear on.”
Matter is, Chambers could have a several supporters get him up on that.
The coach, now in his eighth calendar year at the helm, owns a 7-13 over-all document in 2018-19. The Nittany Lions are -9 in meeting enjoy immediately after a 64-60 defeat to Rutgers, a fellow Massive Ten bottom-dweller, on Saturday. Penn Condition hosts No. 17 Purdue on Thursday night time at the Bryce Jordan Middle prior to street game titles at Northwestern and Ohio Condition up coming week.
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It’s possible, just possibly, the Nittany Lions will pull off an unbelievable upset of the Boilermakers, who ran about No. 6 Michigan Condition this past weekend. Perhaps Penn Condition will eke out a street victory in opposition to the Wildcats or Buckeyes. Or possibly Nittany Lions continue on to appear close and tumble limited of snatching that elusive meeting earn.
Whichever the long term holds, what is acknowledged now is Chambers’ squad has drastically underwhelmed 10 months removed from an NIT Championship. Continue to, the coach is not sensation force from Penn Condition athletic director Sandy Barbour or president Eric Barron.
“I experience truly good about where by we are as a employees and what we’re performing for this program. My anticipations are large. I did not count on to be in this scenario. We just have to continue on to get greater and hold escalating,” Chambers mentioned. “But I experience supported by the president and Sandy. I experience their commitment to what we’re seeking to do.”
Chambers — who possesses a 38-97 mark in Massive Ten enjoy and has by no means arrived at the NCAA Tournament with Penn Condition — signed a contract extension in May possibly that operates through the 2021-22 year. He mentioned Barbour communicates with him regularly and Barron texted him words and phrases of encouragement immediately after the Nittany Lions’ 89-82 reduction to Iowa on Jan. 16.
Barbour mentioned prior to the Citrus Bowl that she was “fully committed to Pat and his management of our program.”
“They’re not wavering. I’m not wavering,” Chambers extra. “Full steam in advance.”
But what about the staff? What about the players who have not received due to the fact Dec. 29? Chambers mentioned he likes where by his guys’ heads are at. Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins, Josh Reaves and firm have embraced additional lifting and film sessions this week, in hopes that will assistance in opposition to the Boilermakers and outside of.
Penn Condition will will need all the prep it can get as it sees through the back-stop of its Massive Ten slate. It only gets tougher immediately after up coming week’s quick street swing. The Nittany Lions host No. 5 Michigan on Feb. 12 and vacation to Purdue four days afterwards. All informed, six of Penn State’s 11 remaining game titles appear in opposition to groups at this time ranked in the AP Top rated 25 or squads that been given votes in the most the latest poll.
The Nittany Lions have not had it effortless up until eventually this issue, either. Penn State’s toughness of timetable ranks No. 7 in the country, per CBS Athletics, with an opponent winning share of .6572 — the fourth-greatest mark in faculty basketball.
Chambers’ squad is unlucky in that regard. Not only did the Nittany Lions unexpectedly shed main scorer Tony Carr to the execs, but they had to recuperate this calendar year by going through 13 groups at this time projected in Joe Lunardi’s March Madness area. Ten of these programs are in the Massive Ten. In the nonconference, Nittany Lions upset Virginia Tech, a projected No. 4 seed, and misplaced to Alabama and NC Condition by 9 and 11 points, respectively.
Penn State’s Massive Ten contests have been nearer than that, for the most element. Chambers and the Nittany Lions fell to Michigan, Michigan Condition and Wisconsin — all at this time in the prime 25 — by double digits. The other six meeting contests? Penn Condition has misplaced by an ordinary of 4.5 points.
That statistic tells two different tales dependent on your viewpoint. You are either an optimist that sees a youthful staff that includes 3 legitimate freshmen on the cusp, or you see a coach and program that just can’t complete in tight contests.
Like he has time and time once more, Chambers mentioned his Nittany Lions are “really close.” Just a bounce, shot or demand absent from notching their to start with meeting earn.
The Nittany Lions are not giving up on their year, and neither is Chambers despite the sound of pitchforks sharpening.
“I absolutely feel we’re about to split through and get about this hump,” the coach mentioned. “We have a great deal of basketball still left to be played. We have got 11 game titles and the Massive Ten event. There’s a great deal to take place nevertheless. I feel in this staff, and I think they feel in us, far too.”