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Micah Shrewsberry on his future at Penn State: ‘I don’t know’

Penn State’s head basketball coach is uncertain about his future in State College.



Micah Shrewsberry
Mar 15, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry speaks during the press conference before their opening round game of the NCAA tournament in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

DES MOINES, IA — On Wednesday, Penn State head basketball had some media availability ahead of their NCAA tournament matchup with 7-seed Texas A&M on Thursday night. There, Nittany Lion head coach Micah Shrewsberry was asked about his uncertain future in State College — after dancing around the question, Shrewsberry answered with a simple ‘I don’t know.’

Micah Shrewsberry has led Penn State basketball back to the tournament in just two seasons

In just two seasons with the Penn State Nittany Lions, head coach Micah Shrewsberry already has his squad going dancing for the first time since 2011. This season alone, Penn State basketball has accumulated a 22-13 record heading into the program’s first appearance in the big dance in over a decade; additionally, Penn State just saw a two-point loss to Purdue in the Big Ten title game after making a magical run through Illinois, Northwestern, and Indiana.

After Penn State’s incredible Big Ten Tournament run, Micah Shrewsberry was asked about the rumors of him leaving Penn State basketball for another college coaching job. At the time, Shrewsberry said that he loves coaching Penn State, and is laser focused on the Nittany Lions’ upcoming bouts in the tournament.

Shrewsberry is uncertain about his future with Penn State basketball

On Wednesday, David Jones of PennLive asked Shrewsberry if he would be the head coach of Penn State next season. Shrewsberry’s answer was likely not what most fans were hoping for.

“That’s a great question,” Micah Shrewsberry said. “There’s been a lot of those — I got that question last week at the Big Ten Tournament. I told our guys after the Rutgers game that I felt like I had let them down as a coach and I didn’t feel like I did my best. I told them that would never happen again — that’s all I am focused on is being that person for them … I am getting [my first] opportunity as a head coach to be in an NCAA tournament game. I don’t have time to focus on anything else but just being the best version [of himself] for these guys, and that’s all I’m focused on.”

When pressed for a more definite answer, Shrewsberry replied, “It’s an ‘I don’t know’ question.”

This is not the answer that anyone in the Penn State community wanted to hear; however, it puts even more pressure on new Penn State AD Pat Kraft to make sure that everything the university can do to keep Shrewsberry is getting done.

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