PSU Hoop Coach Honors JoePa

Pat Chambers sported black sneakers and rolled up pant legs as a tribute to Joe Paterno when the Nittany Lions faced Wisconsin Tuesday.

The Penn State basketball team faced No. 19 Wisconsin at the Bryce Jordan Center Tuesday night, marking the Nittany Lions' first home game since the Jan. 22 passing of Hall of Fame PSU football coach Joe Paterno.

And first-year Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers was dressed for the occasion.

To honor Paterno, Chambers was decked out in the same type of attire Paterno wore while pacing the Beaver Stadium sideline through the decades, including a blue jacket (and tie), khakis and black Nike sneakers.

And, of course, Chambers has his pant legs rolled up, just like Paterno used to do.

"It was a tribute to Coach Paterno, and what he's done and what he's meant to this university," Chambers said after the game, a 52-46 loss.

Joe Paterno

Chambers came up with the plan to dress like JoePa after last Thursday's tribute to Paterno, which was held in the Jordan Center.

Penn State's basketball coaching staff was scheduled to wear sneakers Tuesday as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits & Sneakers” week. Chambers just took it a few steps further to honor Paterno and help the cause.

"It's also for Coaches vs. Cancer awareness," Chambers said. "I wanted to bring that to the forefront and make sure people know that I'm on board. We're going to work extremely hard with Coaches vs. Cancer and do what we can to beat cancer."

Paterno died after a bout with lung cancer. He was 85.

Chambers said his tribute to Paterno was a "one-time thing."

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