Penn State fined $10,000 for coach Patrick Chambers’ comments on officiating

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The Big Ten announced Tuesday a public reprimand of Penn State coach Patrick Chambers in addition to fining Penn State $10,000 for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy.

Chambers’ comments on the officiating after the Nittany Lions’ 76-73 loss to Maryland on Saturday violated Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01, which states the conference “expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”

Chambers was critical of the officiating after a foul call on Jordan Dickerson with 1:50 left in the game. He said it was “the worst call I’ve ever seen in my entire life.”

Chambers discussed his comments Monday.

“I’m passionate about my players,” Chambers said. “I’m passionate about my program and I will fight for these guys every second that I’m the head coach here, and every minute for this university and these fans and alums. But it’s over and I have to move on to Wisconsin.”

The Big Ten said the conference would have no further comment.