HAIR-RAISING: Chambers Energizes Tour

Penn State basketball coach was in his element during return to Philly.


PHILADELPHIA -- Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers got back to his Philly roots Tuesday. And he showed off some new roots while doing so.

Speaking on the school's promotional Coaches Caravan at the Hyatt at the Bellevue on Broad Street, Chambers was clearly invigorated being back in his hometown.

“Philadelphia, how we doing out there?!” he shouted when he took the microphone following an intro from athletic director Sandy Barbour. “Come on, Philly! Come on, it's 12:30 (p.m.), I got to get you back going a little bit!”

Chambers, who had been shaving his head the last few years, was sporting short hair for this event. And he used the new look to take a shot a two of his fellow head coaches on the stage, the bald James Franklin (football) and Cael Sanderson (wrestling).

“They chose me (to go first) because I have the most hair out of the bunch of coaches,” Chambers said. “A Penn State alum just grabbed me and said, 'What's going on, is that a hair transplant?' I said, 'No, I actually have hair. This is it, I can grow it.' ”

And then he kidded the hotel for not having authentic Philly grub.

“There was a menu that came through the e-mail that said salad, salad, salad,” he said. “I was like, cheesesteaks, Philadelphia soft pretzels. Right? Wasn't on the menu.”

But it was not all fun and games. During his speech, Chambers also revealed that the Nittany Lions will be playing in a tournament in Las Vegas next season, will likely play a home game at Rec Hall and more.

You can check out all of Chambers' energy-packed speech above.


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