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Penn State Basketball: Hoops-Football Doubleheader Likely the Day of Nebraska Game

by on July 20, 2011 7:48 AM

Get ready for a Penn State basketball-football doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 12, when Joe Paterno’s team completes its 2011 home season against Nebraska in Beaver Stadium.

No official start time has been announced for the football game – Penn State’s first against the Cornhuskers since they officially joined the Big Ten Conference. But the chances of a 3:30 p.m. kickoff are good.

Patrick Chambers, the Nittany Lions’ new head coach, said it is likely his team will tip off late that morning in the Bryce Jordan Center.

“I think it’s going to be 11:30 a.m. and I think it’s going to be Hartford,” Chambers said in an interview with on Tuesday.

(Look for the complete two-part interview, with video, on Thursday and Friday on

The Bryce Jordan Center will most likely be busy that day. Two hours before every home football game, the Blue Band, cheerleaders and a dance team perform as a part of a free pep rally that wraps up more than an hour before kickoff.

“It’s going to be kind of cool to have a doubleheader,” said Chambers, who will be coaching his first regular season game for the Lions that day. “I’m hoping those tailgaters can put down their beers for a second and come in and hang out.”

Chambers was hired on June 3, succeeding Ed DeChellis, who took the head coaching job after leading the Nittany Lions to a 19-15 record and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

He spent the past two seasons as head coach at Boston University, where his teams were a combined 42-28. In 2010-2011, the Terriers won the America East Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The new Nittany Lion head coach knows the University of Hartford quite well.

At BU, Chambers faced Hartford three times last season, losing 59-55 on the road, then coming back to win 61-50 at home during the regular season. In the America East tournament semifinals, Chambers’ Boston University squad beat Hartford 55-49.

Hartford finished 11-20 overall and 3-13 on the road last season.

Over its past four home openers, the Nittany Lion basketball team has had an average attendance of 6,879 while winning all four games. Last season against Lehigh, Penn State won 70-56 before a crowd of 5,996. In 2009, it beat Penn 70-55, before 7,507 fans. In 2008, the Lions beat William & Mary 65-51, before 8,026, while in 2007 they defeated St. Francis 7-64, with 5,987 in attendance at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979, and for since the 2009 season. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. Follow him on Twitter at His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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