Chambers’ Rant Draws B1G Fine

The conference reprimanded the coach and fined Penn State over his public criticism of league officials.

We mentioned it shortly after it happened, and now it bears repeating. If Penn State coach Pat Chambers was going to rip the Big Ten officials following a tough loss to Maryland Saturday, at least he got his money's worth.

And as it turned out, it's not even his money.

Tuesday, the expected reprimand and fine was handed down by the Big Ten and announced via one of its goofy three-paragraph press releases.

Translated into English, it said: Chambers is getting a slap on the wrist for breaking the conference Sportsmanship Policy, there is a $10,000 fine involved (against Penn State) and … of course … there is nothing more to see here, so please be on your way.

As of this writing, however, there has been no word on a reprimand or fine against referee Kelly Pfeifer, whose obviously blown offensive foul call on PSU center Jordan Dickerson late in the game set Chambers off.

Penn State lost the game, 76-73, and afterward Chambers ranted against the officials for about a minute -- about the Dickerson call, the disparity of free throws taken by each team's best player and Big Ten officiating in general.

“It's a joke,” he said. “It's a joke the way we're officiated. It's disappointing.”

Monday, before the reprimand was official, Chambers said, “Saturday's over with. I'm passionate about my players, I'm passionate about my program. And I will fight for these guys every second that I'm the head coach here, and every minute for this university and these fans and alums. But it's over, and I have to move on.”

He added that he met with PSU athletic director Sandy Barbour, and said, “She's 100 percent behind me, which is awesome.”

Chambers was aware of the positive social media feedback from fans over his rant, and said some people reached out to him directly.

“The great thing is fans take the time, alums have taken time out of their day to send me e-mails,” he said. “There are some I get that are not so good, normally. But the last 24 to 48 hours have been amazingly positive, and rallying behind my fight for this program.”

Asked for their reaction to Chambers' outburst Monday, PSU guards Geno Thorpe and Shep Garner both made on they did not know about it.

“I didn't hear it,” Thorpe said.

“I didn't hear it either,” Garner followed.

But it was all they could do not to break out in laughter while dodging the question. Garner did, however, speak more generally about Chambers having the backs of the players.

“It feels good to have a coach that you know will go to bat for you, right or wrong,” Garner said. “It just makes you want to go the extra mile for him and your teammates.”

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