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... worked out at Holuba with the football team on Wednesday and later met in the Lasch meeting room.
"I wanted our guys to see what great tradition looks like, what winning looks like," Patrick Chambers said. "How hard work leads to success."
The Nittany Lions, who visit Nebraska at 9 p.m. Saturday, had an alumni practice on Thursday, playing against former sharpshooter Joe Crispin.
"He lit us up like a Christmas tree," Chambers said.
Chambers has also not been afraid to shake up his lineup. This week, walk-on Alan Wisniewski, who has logged a grand total of six minutes played in five games this season, got some reps with the Blue (first-team) squad in practice.
Chambers is trying more than a few things to shake his team out of its rut. We'll see if it pays off on the road tomorrow against a very beatable Nebraska team.
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Man this guy doesn't quit on his players. I wish his passion was contagious enough to lead to success on the hardwood.
Good to see Crispin continues to light people up, unfortunately this time he did it against his "own team."
I still find it amazing that after all these years, we could never just put 1 ridiculously good recruiting class together by selling the, "You can be the first guys to put PSU bball on the map and be known as the guys to start a program."
We got all the facilities and fan support would eventually be there. Guess goes back to coaching and being able to show it is possible. Why they can't just get 3-4 Hacks and Breneman's in one class to bond. . . .
This basketball team needs a hell of a lot more than motivation
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Hack and AB are pretty remarkable kids. Those kind of guys don't come by very often, and when they do it's even less likely they'll go somewhere to start a program.
Chambers isn't giving up, and he has this program heading in the right direction. We just have to wait out the storm (this season) to get to some decent to good teams in the future.
Great idea showing them the football team and their workouts. I like Chambers more and more every time I read about him.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
I have a great deal of faith in Chambers. No doubt that the team lacks leadership with Frazier out, but honestly I think what it has forced the team to go through this year will pay big dividends next year. It's been a rough year, but I'm a believer in what Chambers is doing and the passion he has for the game and recruiting. We're going to be just fine!! It's taken Indiana a few years to get back to the top. It doesn't happen overnight. I know many of you won't like the comparison of Indiana and PSU but let me tell you...Indiana kids (and other top talent) were flocking away from IU year after year. Now, they are back to where they belong. The Philly connection and talent that Chambers will continue to get will get us going in the right direction. The talent is already starting to come. Just need to have confidence, leadership on the floor, and the passion to win!!
Battle and Brooks, along with redshirts Jones and Jackson, should have been that (relative to PSU standards) great class They just laid a huge egg their junior season.
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You mean talent?
WE ARE! And we will always be...
the frustrating thing for me is that basketball is a sport where a team can be vastly improved by just 2 or 3 key players. Like Lar said, Battle and Brooks (as a senior) with Jones and Jackson were a decent but far from great. One would think a school as big as PSU and a ton of instate recruits would be able to steal 1 or 2 each class to at least be competitive, yet it never happens. I was I thought we were on the verge with Austin in the fold because it only takes one or 2 for it to snowball, but now it looks like it's going to be a slow process.
I love chambers, but I still have to wonder if the right way to go isn't to go out and get a name that top players would overlook the history and current lack of support to play for.
Interesting twist by Chambers but a good one that hopefully lights a fire under the team. They aren't just lying over and playing dead when things don't go their way...they simply just can't hit shots when they need to to keep the game interesting.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
Does this team win another game this season? If not, will it hurt the psyche of next year's team and affect incoming recruits?
Just asking because it has been very frustrating watching this team and I just don't see the improvements that Chambers speaks of. If wins are not the issue, then sit the seniors and give more PT to the underclassmen to get them more experience for the future. Nick and Sasha have shown what they have, and it is clearly not enough.
3 glaring issues with this team:
1. We have no CONSISTENT shooters.
2. The lack of a true PG that can has a GREAT ability to dribble, penetrate into the lane, and distribute has killed this team. I thought Newbill might have been that guy, but the guy loses the handle to many times. I like Newbill, but he is not the type of PG that PSU needs......much better as a shooting type guard.
3. No Speed. We have 0 players that can consistently beat their man off he dribble.
Unfortunately for PSU, Frazier was the top player in all 3 of those categories. When he went down, so did any hopes of a decent season.
Chambers is the right guy. Glad to see Penn State fans seem to know it. Our time will come...
Our basketball team needs one Ole Miss type class to put us on the map. We have everything to succeed except top notch players. Although our 2013 class is a step in the right direction
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