Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Report: Chambers candidate at Penn State

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Boston University men's basketball head coach Patrick Chambers is on a short list of four candidates that are under consideration to become the next head coach at Penn State, ESPN college basketball writer Andy Katz reported Monday.

According to multiple sources of Katz, Chambers is on a list that includes Duquesnse University coach Ron Everhart and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter. Penn State is looking to replace Ed DeChellis, who resigned to become the head coach at the United States Naval Academy last week.

Everhart, who is reportely the front-runner for the position, has spent the past five seasons at the Pittsburgh-based school and has compiled a 83-74 record after taking over a Dukes team that won just three games the season prior to his arrival. Jeter is a Pittsburgh native and spent several seasons in the Big Ten as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin. Since taking over for Bruce Pearl in 2005, Jeter has posted a 101-89 record in six seasons at the helm.

Chambers' name has emerged just months after he helped lead the Terriers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in almost a decade. In his two seasons on Commonwealth Ave., Chambers has produced identical 21-14 records with two postseason appearances. BU reached the semfinals of the College Basketball Invitational in 2010 before losing to eventual champion Virginia Commonwealth University.

A former Villanova University assistant and Philadelphia native, Chambers has proven to be an able recruiter in southeastern Pennsylvania. Eight players on the Terriers' roster are from the Philadelphia-area, with six of those coming from a 2010 recruiting class that ranked in the top ten among mid-major programs according to ESPN.com.

On May 6, Chambers agreed with BU administration to a contract extension through the 2015-2016 season.

Read all of Katz's story in the link below:


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