Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers He resigned Wednesday – after an investigation into new allegations of misconduct.
The university says the new allegations were made after a report by Defeated Last July, Chambers made racially insensitive comments to a black player.
Player, Racer Bolton, Told The Undefeated that Chambers made a comment of him referring to the figurative “noose” in 2019.
Bolton claims that Chambers approached him and said, “I want to be a stress reliever for you. You can talk to me about anything. I need to release this pressure on you. I want to release the gallows around your neck.”
Of Chambers’ comment, Bolton said, “Due to other interactions with the coach, I knew this was not a slip of the tongue.”
At the time of publishing the article, Chambers issued a statement saying, “I failed to understand other people’s experiences, and my signal was harmful, insensitive, and unacceptable. I cannot apologize for what I said, and I will hold it. Forever.”
The player moved from PSU to Iowa shortly after the accident.
Penn State says, “New allegations surfaced shortly after the article was published – so an investigation was opened in Chambers by the Affirmative Action and Fairness Athletics offices in Pennsylvania.”
The school has not disclosed details of the new allegations.
But Chambers issued a statement on Wednesday saying he would resign.
“This year has been a very difficult one for me and my family, and we need a respite to recalibrate our course and chart our way forward,” Chambers said.
“So, I take a step back to preparing myself for the next 20 years.”
The 49-year-old has been in Pennsylvania since 2011.
Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Sandy Barbour He said the school accepted the resignation – saying it was “in the interest of Pennsylvania, our program, and our student-athletes.”