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Penn State Basketball: Barbour Still Supporting Chambers Amid Struggles

by on January 29, 2019 3:10 PM

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour hasn't changed her position on supporting men's basketball coach Pat Chambers, an athletics spokesperson told

"Sandy recently spoke about her commitment to Coach Chambers and her position has not wavered," The spokesperson said.

Barbour was asked about Chambers' job security while in Orlando prior to Penn State football's appearance in the Citrus Bowl. She told at the time that she is "fully committed to Pat and his leadership of our program.”

Chambers' new contract, signed last offseason, runs until 2021. The details of the contract were not released.

Sitting at 0-9 in Big Ten play, the road to a first victory will only get more difficult as Penn State faces Purdue this Thursday and has another date with No. 5 Michigan not long after.

In 2017 Barbour was not shy about her interest in seeing the Nittany Lions improving their performance in conference play. Penn State would go on to eventually win the NIT with the second-best win total in program history at 26 victories.

"I've said it before: There is nobody putting more pressure on Patrick than Patrick himself, as a competitor, and that's true of all of us," Barbour said at the time. "I don't think anything has changed from the conversations that I have had with you all about where we need to see progress, [which] is in the Big Ten. [Which] is in our Big Ten schedule.

"Obviously, we played those two early games. Great win at Iowa, little bit of a disappointing loss at home against Wisconsin. But that entire Big Ten schedule is in front of [us], and I think we've got a great chance to make some noise in the Big Ten and do something from a postseason standpoint."

Asked about the communication he has had with the administration during the current win-streak, Chambers said on Tuesday he still feels support from both Barbour and President Eric Barron.

"Sandy has been communicating with me regularly, which is great, so I feel her support," Chambers said. "(Barron) texted me after the Iowa game, so I feel his support. They're not wavering and I'm not wavering so it's full steam ahead."

It was extremely unlikely that Penn State was ever going to make a change during the season, and it remains unknown how likely an offseason change might be. With plenty of basketball left to go, Chambers and the Nittany Lions still theoretically have time to turn things around.

But if Barbour's words match her eventual actions, Chambers might not be under the gun as much as some fans might believe.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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