Penn State men's basketball head coach Pat Chambers has been suspended for one game for pushing freshman guard Myles Dread during a timeout in the Nittany Lions' 68-55 loss at No. 2 Michigan on Thursday.
Chambers, who has coached Penn State since 2011, will sit his team's Sunday home game against Wisconsin.
PSU Athletic Director Sandy Barbour released a statement on the matter (h/t Brian Hamilton of The Athletic):
Chambers signed a four-year contract extension in May after PSU went 26-13 and won the NIT.
However, PSU is just 120-128 under Chambers and 39-90 in Big Ten play overall in his eight-plus seasons. This year's Nittany Lions are off to a rough 7-7 start, including an 0-3 Big Ten mark.
Last Monday (three days before the Michigan game), Barbour was asked about the school's commitment to Chambers in the midst of a tough season. Per Mark Wogenrichof the Allentown Morning Call, she said she is "fully committed to Pat and his leadership of our program."
The question is whether that sentiment stands given the incident and the team's current downward trajectory.
Chambers did an excellent job in leading PSU to 26 wins, but the push was clearly unacceptable.
David Jones of pennlive.com offered commentary on the topic:
"It wasn't just the physical contact of it, to me, although it surely will be to many who see it. It was the sheer inauthentic audacity of what the coach did in showing up a player. The unnecessary nature of it. The showboating, 'look-at-me-taking-charge' BS of it.
"And every part of it was revealing about who I think Patrick Chambers is and what Penn State basketball has become."
As Jones later noted, Chambers' job is rather difficult, as he coaches at a school obsessed with football and somewhat apathetic towards the basketball program.
However, the shove is the low point for an already disappointing season.