Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers is denying any connection between his Nittany Lion program and an NBA agent associated with a federal investigation.
The linking to Penn State arose after former Nittany Lion D.J. Newbill’s name appeared in a Yahoo Sports report, among many college basketball players past and present, about Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency.
Newbill’s name was on a balance sheet under “Loan to Players” with the note “as of December 31, 2015” for a loan of $2,000. An additional document had the same amount for Newbill with the notation, “paying back July 2017.”
Chambers did not want to comment on the issue during a teleconference with the media Friday, but he followed up with a statement to Blue White Illustrated on Saturday, provided by a Penn State spokesperson.
“I have no connection or association with Andy Miller or his agency,” he said in the statement. “The university is looking into the information released Friday. As I have stated, this program is committed to doing things the right way.”
Newbill scored 1,812 career points for the Nittany Lions during his three seasons, transferring to Penn State after spending his freshman year at Southern Mississippi.
According to the Yahoo story, a number of major programs have appeared in the FBI investigation, including Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas, along with current Michigan State star Miles Bridges, for “players and families” who have received potential impermissible benefits and preferential treatment.