Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour remained steadfast in her vocal support for Nittany Lion basketball coach Pat Chambers, even as his team stumbled to a 4-14 record in the Big Ten this season.
Thursday, she put her money where her mouth is.
Chambers has received a two-year contract extension, which will take him through the 2018-19 season. He just completed his fourth year at the helm of the Nittany Lions, finishing with a winning record (18-16) for the first time.
I am grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm for the men's basketball program (school president) Eric Barron, Sandy Barbour and the Penn State administration have shown, Chambers said in a prepared statement. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but know there is so much more ahead. I think our staff and players have laid a foundation to build upon for years to come.
I support what Patrick is doing and I support his long-term leadership of this program, Barbour said in the same release. I love the heart with which his team represents the university, Nittany Nation and the community, both on the court with measureable success and improvements and off with a 100 percent graduation rate and active participation in countless community activities. With a core group of returning players and the highest-rated recruiting class in school history coming next fall, the future is certainly promising. I believe with the right support and resources, Patrick can take this program to a level of success which everyone can get behind.
Financial terms of the extension were not made available.
The Lions finished the year on something of a high note, winning their final regular season game and then capturing two more contests at the Big Ten Tournament. But Penn State was not selected to the NIT and did not make itself available for the lower postseason tournaments.