Re: Ron Everhart withdraws from Penn State coach search
A lack of basketball pedigree and an unwillingness to spend lavishly on its program likely prevented Penn State from landing a marquee head coach, but the Nittany Lions appear to be close to reeling in an up-and-coming candidate.
Boston University coach Patrick Chambers has been offered the Penn State job and is considering whether to accept, The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Friday. Chambers, 39, led the Terriers to the NCAA tournament last March and compiled a 42-28 record in two seasons with the program.
The appeal of Chambers stems mostly from his recruiting ties to Philadelphia and New England, two regions the Nittany Lions must draw from if they're going to be successful in the Big Ten. Chambers spent five years at Villanova from 2004 to 2009 as both director of basketball operations and as an assistant coach, enabling him to build strong relationships with high school and club coaches in the city.