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Top Penn State assistant and head coaching candidate linked to Temple job

One of the top names to replace Micah Shrewsberry is being looked at for the Temple opening.



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Mar 15, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry talks with fellow staff personal during their practice session at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

STATE COLLEGE, PA — This week has been rough for Penn State hoops fans, and it could be getting even worse. After one of the best seasons in recent memory — a year in which Penn State basketball finished 23-14 overall, made the Big Ten title game, appeared in the NCAA tournament, made the Round of 32, and more — former head coach Micah Shrewsberry decided to leave the program. With Shrewsberry’s departure comes many more challenges, such as keeping the recruiting classes together, the staff in tact, and more. Right now, the Nittany Lions are doing none of these things, and with Adam Fisher being looked at for other jobs, things are going from bad to worse for Penn State basketball.

Penn State basketball declining rapidly for a number of reasons

Two weeks ago, it was a great thing to be a Penn State basketball fan — the Nittany Lions were gearing up for their first NCAA tournament run since 2011 after falling just short against Purdue in the Big Ten title game the weekend before. Now, however, things are looking the opposite.

Shrewsberry is gone, guys are in the portal, players are decommitting, and stars like Seth Lundy are declaring for the NBA Draft. Additionally, Adam Fisher — one of the top choices to be the next Penn State basketball coach — has been linked as a top candidate for the Temple opening.

Adam Fisher linked to Temple opening

On Friday morning, less than 48 hours after Micah Shrewsberry’s decision to take the Notre Dame job was finalized, reports began to surface that Penn State alumnus and assistant coach Adam Fisher is being linked as a top candidate for the Temple job. As many have seen this week, nearly all of Penn State’s star players from the 2022-23 team have made public calls for the university to make Adam Fisher the next head coach of Penn State basketball.

Still, with around nine scholarship spots to fill, a recruiting class that is decommitting to head elsewhere, poor NIL funding, and more, no one is sure that the two-year Penn State basketball assistant coach is interested in taking over at his alma mater.

Losing Fisher would be a massive blow for Penn State basketball — it would prove that the program is unable to retain head coaches, star veterans, recruits, and assistant coaches throughout this time of change for the Nittany Lions. Additionally, it means the search is on for a head coach that wants to take over an absolute mess, which usually means settling for an up-and-comer or a middle of the pack head coach.

Things are not looking great for the Nittany Lions, though nothing is set in stone yet — Penn State basketball could still retain Adam Fisher and turn things around if Pat Kraft plays his cards right.

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