Pat Chambers, Penn State Agree to 4-Year Contract Extension

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2018

Penn State coach Pat Chambers holds up the NIT championship trophy after Penn State defeated Utah 82-66 in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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As Pat Chambers continues to grow Penn State's men's basketball program, the Nittany Lions have rewarded the coach with an extension. 

The school announced on Thursday that it has agreed to a four-year extension that will keep Chambers at State College through the 2021-22 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 47-year-old coach issued a statement on the state of the program following his new deal:

"Building a championship basketball program at Penn State has been our mission since day one and we have made significant progress toward reaching that goal. I want to thank my former and current players who have committed to our staff and the culture of the program. And I especially want to thank their parents and families who have bought into our vision. The foundation for our future has been set! I am grateful to have the support of the administration, the students, local communities, and from Penn Staters everywhere. It has helped us elevate Penn State basketball to a new level, and we are confident the best is still yet to come."

Chambers' 113-122 record in seven seasons at Penn State may not jump off the page, but the program has come a long way since he took over, winning just 12 games in his first season. He had led Boston University to back-to-back 21-14 seasons and an NCAA tournament appearance before coming to State College.

This past season, the Nittany Lions made a strong case for the NCAA tournament by going 21-13 and making a run to the Big Ten tournament semifinals. That resume included three victories over a ranked Ohio State squad. The selection committee was apparently not impressed, however, as it left Chambers' squad out of the field of 68.

Instead, Penn State had to settle for the NIT. The Nittany Lions made the most of their postseason tournament bid by winning all five games on their way to becoming NIT champs.

Their final record of 26-13 represented an 11-win jump from the previous season and more than double what Chambers had in his first year at the school.

Penn State has not made the NCAA tournament since the 2010-11 season, but if Chambers can build off this past season's success, it may not be long before the Nittany Lions are dancing again.

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