Penn State Hires Boston University's Pat Chambers As Basketball Coach

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It's Official: Patrick Chambers New Penn State Basketball Coach

It took Penn State almost two weeks to find a replacement for Ed DeChellis as new Nittany Lion basketball coach, but Boston University confirms today athletic director Tim Curley have finally chosen Terriers coach Patrick Chambers for the task.

Chambers, former associate head coach under Jay Wright at Villanova, coached the last two years at BU, posting a 42--28 overall record with two postseason berths. In 2011, he led the Terriers to the NCAA Tournament as champions of the America East Conference. BU made the Dance as a 16-seed and lost to Kansas in the second round.

The coach is a Pennsylvania native and attended Philadelphia University for College. Awaiting him in Happy Valley is a young Penn State squad with talent, but also a lot of inexperience. Junior guard Tim Frazier is the team's only returning starter, and few players beyond him have seen much action. He'll be looking for guys like redshirt freshman Jonathan Graham and recruits Trey Lewis and Ross Travis to step up and produce early in their college careers to keep the Lions afloat.

We'll have much more on Chambers in the coming days here at SB Nation Pittsburgh. For now, check out tthis profile of the coach over at Black Shoe Diaries to get a better feel for the coach.

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Penn State Basketball Coaching Search: Ron Everhart Stays At Duquesne

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, who interviewed for the vacant Penn State coaching job Tuesday, will stay at Duquesne. At a team meeting, Everhart announced his decision to withdraw his name from consideration.

“I really appreciate the Penn State opportunity, and I appreciate the process,” Everhart said. "But, at the same time, it’s awful difficult to leave a place and a program you have worked so hard to put your stamp on.

“I think, from a coaching standpoint, I have been able to do that at Duquesne.”

It now appears that Boston University coach Pat Chambers, who was also once an assistant coach at Villanova, is a leading candidate for the job. The Nittany Lions have also recently spoken with Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Rob Jeter.

Chambers led BU to an NCAA Tournament berth in his second season on the job, but lost to top-seeded Kansas in the first round.

Penn State has a coaching vacancy due to the departure of Ed DeChellis, who took the head coaching job at Navy.

For more on Penn State’s basketball head coaching search, check out Black Shoe Diaries.

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Penn State Coaching Search: PSU Passes On Brown, Considers Everhart

It might have been Memorial Day weekend, but there was no shortage of Penn State basketball coaching news the past couple of days. 

On Friday, David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was interested in the Nittany Lions' vacant head coaching position, but Penn State wasn't feeling the love back. In a phone conversation with Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, Brown was told he wouldn't be considered for the job because of his "lack of recent college coaching experience."

As Jones pointed out in a subsequent piece Saturday, Brown was so willing to come to Penn State, he wasn't even worried about salary.

Terry Resnick, the Lower Paxton Twp. estate planner and longtime friend of Brown who set up the phone call, said Saturday, "Larry told me himself, 'It's not about the money.' He said all he needed was to know that the school was committed to the basketball program."

It seems Penn State is intent on going in another direction, however.

In other news, it appears Duquesne coach Ron Everhart has jumped into the fray according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.

Legendary high school basketball coach Morgan Wootten believes one of his proteges, Ron Everhart, would be a perfect fit as Penn State's new coach.

"I think it would be one of the great marriages ever made, I really mean that," Wootten said Sunday evening. "I can't say enough great things about Ron Everhart."

The Duquesne head coach is on PSU's radar and is scheduled to interview for the job early this week, sources confirmed to the Mirror on Sunday.

Everhart has had success with the Dukes, bringing them back to respectability after they won just three games with Everhart's success at Duquesne, Danny Nee. He does have NCAA violations on his resume from his time at Northeastern, however, so there's a chance that may keep him from being a serious contender at a school that prides itself on doing things "the right way" as Penn State does. We'll see what direction administration decides to go in soon.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for all the latest developments throughout this process.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Jim Boylen Reportedly "In The Mix"

We're now into Day Four of the Penn State basketball coaching search, and with Jeff Lebo's stock apparently sinking, a new possible candidate, Jim Boylen, is emerging as a possibility to replace the departed Ed DeChellis according to Mark Brennan of Fight On State.

STAR SEARCH: @FightOnState editor @MarkXBrennan says former MSU asst Jim Boylen in mix for #PennState MBB HC job - http://goo.gl/WcVkNless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

You'll have to go behind a paywall to read Brenna's story about Boylen, but here's what we can tell you about the former assistant to Michigan State's Tom Izzo.

Boylen, 46, is a Maine graduate and got his start in coaching as an assistant to Jud Heathcote at Michigan State in 1987. He started a long stint with the Houston Rockets in 1992 and was a member of two championship teams then. He also worked with Golden State and Milwaukee as an assistant before returning to the college level and Michigan State in 2005.

Most recently, Boylen was the head coach at Utah from 2008 to 2011. He was fired this past spring after two straight losing seasons, but did lead a Ute team that earned a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2009.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for any further updates on Penn State's search.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Jeff Lebo Issues Statement

Yesterday, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported Penn State was considering East Carolina's Jeff Lebo, formerly of Auburn, for its head coaching position vacated with the departure of Ed DeChellis for Navy. Today, however, Lebo, in a joint press release with ECU, says Penn State has not contacted him...yet.

Despite speculation from various national media reports, East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo confirmed Thursday that he hasn't been contacted about coaching vacancies at any other institutions.

"My family and I are very happy at East Carolina and I am committed to continuing to build the basketball program here," Lebo reiterated.

"We made great strides this past season and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season" he added, to bring closure to the situation.

It's important to not Lebo is not removing his name from consideration here, simply noting he has not been contacted. So really, none of Katz's reporting was inaccurate based on this statement. Lebo might still be in the mix at Penn State. It's newsworthy that Lebo has issued this statement, though.

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Andy Katz: Penn State Eyes Jeff Lebo

By all indications, Penn State is moving quickly to hire a new head basketball coach to replace the departed Ed DeChellis. It was reported Wednesday that former basketball coach Eddie Fogler has been hired by the school to consult in the search and already it appears there's a serious candidate for the job.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz reports.

According to multiple sources, Penn State will consider East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, who is from Carlisle, Pa. Lebo was also recruited to play at North Carolina by Fogler when he was an assistant to then coach Dean Smith. Lebo's father, Dave, was a longtime coach at Carlisle High.

Lebo was fired at Auburn but hired at East Carolina last year and led the Pirates to an 8-8 record in Conference USA and an 18-16 record overall, losing to Jacksonville in overtime in the CIT tournament.

Lebo was fired at Auburn after posting four losing seasons in six years there. His team won 20+ games just once in his tenure there, the 2009 campaign when the Tigers went 24-12. Lebo has failed to make the NCAA Tournament in each of his first nine seasons as a college head coach.

He is, however, a friend of Fogler, so it's probably no too surprising he's getting a look despite his rather lackluster resume. That said, you can assume Penn State will probably be looking at some more qualified candidates in the near future. Lebo is a PR nightmare waiting to happen.

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Penn State Hires Eddie Fogler To Aid Search For New Coach

Now that Penn State is starting to get into the meat of its search for a new basketball coach, it's apparently looking for a little outside help. Nittany Lion basketball SID Brian Siegrist announced today the athletic department has hired former college basketball Jeff Fogler to assist in the search.

Nittany Lion Basketball coach search in full gear. Tim Curley has enlisted help of former WSU, Vanderbilt & S. Carolina coach Eddie Fogler.less than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Fogler posted a 265-197 record over 15 seasons spread between Wichita State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. He's recently been involved in coaching searches at a number of other schools and appears to be a popular consultant in the industry.

Black Shoe Diaries' Adam Collyer thinks Fogler could be helpful in the search and speculates about the types of coaches he might be able to help attract to Happy Valley. 

There's a lot to like about Curley enlisting the help of Fogler.  For one, he's the most prominent search consultant in the country when it comes to basketball, a clear sign that Curley's operating a serious search with some financial backing.  You don't hire a consultant if you're going to lowball offer candidates.  This is about looking at a pool of candidates, narrowing down the list, and systematically targeting the strongest option available.

Given the list of candidates he's placed, we're looking at hiring a mid-major head coach with a track record of success (see Crean, Barbee, and Gregory) or a top assistant from a brand name program (Martin).  All good options.

It remains to be seen how much Fogler will be able to help Penn State but, at the very least, he signals Penn State is very likely to look outside the Penn State box for the first time since it hired Bruce Parkhill in 1983. Former head coaches Jerry Dunn and Ed DeChellis were assistants under Parkhill, so both were Penn State insiders. It's unlikely the hiring of Fogler would lead to another coach with Penn State ties.

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Pundits React To Ed DeChellis' Penn State Exit

There has been a lot written about Penn State basketball and the departure of Ed DeChellis in the last couple of days, so much that, as someone who's followed the team closely for years, it's hard to grasp. For a program with so little tradition and such an indifferent fan base, it's hard to fathom the amount of media attention the Nittany Lion basketballers are getting.

There haven't been a whole lot of positive headlines, though. There's been some very harsh criticism, especially among those who know the program best. Enter David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

I am not going to pretend I would not have fired DeChellis three or four years ago had I been in Tim Curley's position. I would have.

But way before that time had arrived, I would have treated him and his program as if I cared. That means a much higher salary and much higher expectations. It means a budget that allows for a level playing field in recruiting. It means an arena or adjacent practice gym always available for the team and not rented out to a dinosaur hair band during the season's stretch run. It means an atmosphere where support personnel either exude excellence or are herded out of the way.

Nothing about president Graham Spanier's or athletics director Tim Curley's treatment of DeChellis' program cultivated such an aura. When it comes to men's basketball, they were and always have been a couple of shameless slumlords.

Pretty severe stuff. Penn State grad and current ESPN.com college basketball writer Dana O'Neil was pretty blunt as well.

If there is an equivalent spin on the coaching carousel, I haven’t thought of it. Why? Because it doesn’t happen. Coaches don’t voluntarily leave major conference jobs for low-major spots.

That DeChellis, a Penn State graduate, defied convention screams loud and clear as to just how bad things are at Penn State.

For years the basketball team has been a little sister of the poor stepchild to football, a winter afterthought given all the tending and care of a vegetable garden positioned in the middle of a nuclear field. Administrative support waffles between tepid applause and casual indifference.

The dirty little truth is, whether the team is good or bad, the university profits thanks to the hefty paycheck doled out by the Big Ten Network. And so the university pays little attention to and cares less about the program.

Needless to say, the media bullseye is now squarely on the back of guys like athletic director Tim Curley and even university president Graham Spanier. A bad hire here could cost them both dearly, especially Curley, whose sole focus is athletics.

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Penn State's Tim Curley Comments On Basketball Coaching Search

Penn State athletic director Tim Curley spoke with the Associated Press in a piece published this evening, and in it, he lays out what the athletic department is looking for in a new head basketball coach to replace the departed Ed DeChellis. Here are some of the comments via ESPN.com.

"Our program is built on certain values and tradition, a certain way of operating," he said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon with The Associated Press. "Ultimately, it's my responsibility to make sure we identify a coach who identifies with our system and the Penn State way."

Though not necessarily someone with Penn State ties, like DeChellis.

"We're conducting a national search, so we're open to the best candidate that we can find," Curley said. He said there was no timeline, though he hoped to move quickly to find a replacement.

Curley also says later on in the the piece that Penn State will pay the new coach a "competitive salary." What that might be, there's no way of knowing right now. It's important to note, however, that DeChellis, a Penn State alumnus, made just over $700,000 this past season.

That, if you believe ESPN's Andy Katz, probably won't be enough to woo many candidates.

At Penn State, the salary structure would have to change to attract a big-name coach. Paying shy of $1 million will limit the pool and not only price out power-six coaches, but also plenty of other coaches at the top of leagues like the Colonial (someone like Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor) and Missouri Valley (can't touch Wichita State's Gregg Marshall).

With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see what kind of cash Curley and Co. take out on the market to attract a new head man.

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Larry Brown Talks About Replacing Ed DeChellis At Penn State

As Penn State begins its search to find a replacement for the departed Ed DeChellis, a lot of college coaches are earning mention as candidates for the job. In an interesting development, though, it looks like the job is gaining at least a cursory glance from one Larry Brown of NBA fame.

Click this link for sound from Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia's interview with the coaching legend. He sounds a little sarcastic in saying is Missanelli sets up an interview, he'll go. But hey, it's better than him saying "I'm not interested" if you're a Penn State fan, right?

Over on Black Shoe Diaries today, we examine more realistic potential candidates being mentioned for the position. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News mentioned Temple's Fran Dunphy, Boston's Patrick Chambers and former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery as possibilities while Andy Katz of ESPN.com dropped several names including Rob Jeter of Milwaukee, Bruiser Flint of Drexel, Tom Herrion of Marshall, Ron Everhart of Duquesne, and former coaches Dino Gaudio and Al Skinner.

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Ed DeChellis Press Conference Notes

Head over to Black Shoe Diaries for a recap of Ed DeChellis' press conference this evening to announce his departure from Penn State for the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Jones: Ed DeChellis Felt "Lack Of Respect" At Penn State

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News has updated his story from earlier in the evening, and he has some very interesting new details about the motivations behind Ed DeChellis' departure from Penn State.

DeChellis, now 52, is not interested in coaching more than another 8-10 years. He felt a lack of respect and commitment from the Penn State administration. He was unable to get an extension or raise on a contract lasting three more seasons. His daughters have completed college and are out of the house. His wife Kim, I've been told, loved the idea of living in a beautiful area bordering the major metro of Washington/Baltimore.

And, most of all, he was wanted.

My guess is that his contract situation wasn't the only thing he felt disrespected by. Penn State was forced to practice in Penn State's dump of an IM Building at one point this season while Bon Jovi used the Bryce Jordan Center and its adjoining practice facility. I don't know much about Navy, but I'm willing to bet it has a nicer facility than the IM Building for its basketball team to practice in. If DeChellis didn't feel athletic director Tim Curley and the other suits in Athletics had his back, this move is considerably less surprising. 

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Ed DeChellis Leaves Penn State: Early Potential Replacements

It's very, very early on in the coaching search to replace former Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis, but Chas Wolfe of High Major Scoop has already tweeted a list of potential replacements from outside the program. If you're hoping for a group of home runs, don't hold your breath.

Early names I'm hearing for Penn State: Tommy Herrion, Jimmy Barron, Ron Everhardt, Jim Christian, John Groce, Matt Brady & Dino Gaudio.less than a minute ago via twidroyd Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Don't get too excited for any of those, though (if that's possible). At this late stage in the game, it's more likely Penn State will look for a replacement within the program on at least an interim basis. Kurt Kanaskie, who pulled his name from consideration for the Loch Haven job, would be the most likely of those currently on the staff. Former Nittany Lion Dan Earl, currently the lowest paid assistant at any BCS level school, might also be in the running.

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Ed DeChellis Leaves Penn State: Navy Releases A Statement

The United State's Naval Academy just released a statement on the hiring of former Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis. They sound pretty happy with the hiring.

"To have one of the most highly respected coaches and educators in the sport join our Navy family is a great day for the program and the Academy," said Gladchuk. "Ed's maturity, integrity, character and accomplishments at Penn State have made him one of the most respected role models in the coaching ranks. His career is all about building programs with educational priorities in place, including graduating every senior that has ever played for him, and in the end achieving team goals that resonate with competing for championships. Ed will make a positive and impactful impression on Navy Basketball in short order."

"I'm thrilled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy," said DeChellis. "My wife and girls are excited to be a part of the Navy family and this is the perfect opportunity for me because I believe in the core values of the Academy. We fell in love with Annapolis and the Academy when we came and visited and we look forward to being part of a place so steeped in tradition. I look forward to the challenge of not only winning the Patriot League Championship and taking Navy back to the NCAA Tournament, but also helping young men become future leaders of this great nation of ours. I look forward to meeting the players and talking to the recruits and starting the process of getting Navy Basketball back on the national stage."

Navy was 11-20 overall last season and was 6-8 in the Patriot League. It'll be a tall task for DeChellis to bump the Midshipmen up to respectability, but if you can make Penn State respectable, you can make anyone respectable, right?

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Ed DeChellis Leaves Penn State: Athletic Department Statement

The Penn State athletic department and athletic director Tim Curley just released the following statement on Ed DeChellis' departure and the search for a new Nittany Lion head basketball coach.

"On behalf of the Penn State and State College communities, I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to Ed DeChellis and his staff for their efforts with the men's basketball program the past eight years. Ed and his staff built a strong foundation for the program and then were able to see all their tireless efforts result in winning the 2009 NIT Championship and advancing to the Big Ten Tournament championship game and the NCAA Tournament this past season."

"Ed is a person of great integrity who is committed to his student-athletes, and their development in all aspects of life, including academic achievement and giving back to the community. He has made a positive impact on the Penn State and State College communities and will be missed."

"We will quickly begin a national search for new leadership for the Nittany Lion Basketball program. It will be a comprehensive search focused on finding the best candidate to lead Penn State Basketball into the future."

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Ed DeChellis Leaves Penn State: Trey Lewis, Juwan Staten Blindsided

Ed DeChellis was able to snag a few big recruits this past season to replace big names like Talor Battle and Jeff Brooks. Trey Lewis, a two-star recruit from Ohio, played well in the state playoffs this season and had a lot of Penn State fans excited for his arrival. He seems concerned.

 

Juwan Staten, a former four-star recruit and Dayton transfer decided on Penn State back in April. He is the most highly regarded high school process to sign with Penn State in recent memory. He appears even more shaken by the news.

Just got the worse news so far! My future is such a mystery! What to do now...less than a minute ago via TweetCaster Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Losing either of these players would be big blows to Penn State's chances at respectability in the near future. They're the new cornerstones of the program and if the new coach is tasked with replacing them, it could be a real uphill battle. If you're a Nittany Lions fan, you should probably hope these guys don't waver on their commitments.

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Ed DeChellis Leaving Penn State For Naval Academy

Well, here's a shocker to get the offseason going: Penn State basketball coach Ed DeChellis is reportedly leaving Happy Valley to coach the United States Naval Academy, according to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. DeChellis took the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his eight-year tenure back in March, but it appears that wasn't enough to keep him in State College. Jones says he's been looking for jobs for a while.

DeChellis explored options in the aftermath of the team's 2011 NCAA tournament run, its first in his 8-year run at Penn State. Two very good coaching sources told me in April that he was offered and turned down a substantially more lucrative deal at a Midwestern mid-major school but turned it down because his agent had assured him he could get an even more attractive deal at a high-major. That turned out not to be the case and DeChellis was forced to lower his sights.

There are a ton of questions to be answered and we don't have many right now. The press conference scheduled for 7 P.M. tonight will hopefully clear up a lot, but until then, there will be a lot of speculation.

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