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Source: Penn State basketball ready to make long-term commitment to Shrewsberry

According to reports, Penn State is ready to fully commit to Micah Shrewsberry.



Penn State basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry
Mar 16, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry talks with guard Evan Mahaffey (12) during a break in play against the Texas A&M Aggies during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

STATE COLLEGE, PA — According to sources, Penn State University is ready to go all-in for their the school’s head basketball coach. On Friday, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported that Penn State basketball is prepared to offer head coach Micah Shrewsberry a massive, long-term deal to keep him in State College for the coming seasons.

Penn State basketball is ready to commit to head coach Micah Shrewsberry

Despite being just two seasons into his tenure with Penn State basketball, coach Micah Shrewsberry has already accomplished more than any coach over the past two decades. In year two of his time as Penn State’s head coach, Shrewsberry has already led the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title game, broke Penn State’s NCAA tournament drought (which started in 2011) and won Penn State its first tournament game since 2001.

Despite Penn State basketball gearing up for a massive matchup against Texas in the Round of 32 this weekend, the storylines surrounding PSU have been more about what the university does to keep Shrewsberry in town moving forward than what the Lions have been doing on the court. Right now, there has to be one thought running through AD Pat Kraft’s head: whatever Shrewsberry wants, he gets.

PSU is committed, now needs commitment back

If Rothstein’s report is accurate, the question is no longer if Penn State basketball is ready to do what it takes to build a winner. The new question will become whether or not Micah Shrewsberry trusts Kraft and the athletic department to come through and build something special in State College.

When asked if he will still be Penn State’s head coach next season, Shrewsberry replied, “That’s an ‘I don’t know’ question.” Still, he had plenty of other praise for Penn State, leading us to believe he can be persuaded to stay at PSU.

“[Penn State] fit a lot of what I was looking for. It had like a great opportunity in the Midwest … I come into State College, it felt like being home.” Shrewsberry said ahead of Penn State’s win over Texas A&M. “Felt like a huge part of that, and the places where I’ve been, were all pretty similar. Coaching in the Big Ten is a big deal — I grew up in the Big Ten and coaching in that is a big deal.

“But then, it’s people. People is the biggest thing for me — I am a people person, and you get a feel for that. Penn State, as large of a school as it is, it fits what I look for from my Division III background — somewhere where you can get a great education, somewhere where there are great people around you, and somewhere where you can have success. And [Penn State] fit the box for every single one of those places. And that’s why I was thrilled to have this opportunity.”

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Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.


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