Jon Crispin, former Penn State player and ESPN analyst, assesses state of program
Jon Crispin believes that a lack of a loyal fanbase and interest from the school is holding Penn State basketball back from being among the top contenders in the Big Ten.
With the departure of head coach Micah Shrewsberry, who took the head coaching position at Notre Dame, the basketball program is in a state of transition. Shrewsberry took the position in South Bend after two years with the Nittany Lions and a 37-31 overall record. The head coach guided the Nittany Lions to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
On Thursday, Crispin shared his thoughts on Shrewsberry’s departure and the future of the program on Sirius XM. The analyst said that given the lack of fanbase buy-in, and a lack of attention on the program from the school, the turnover isn’t surprising.
The analyst and former Nittany Lion stated “the resources are there as far as money, but it’s the real resources you need to make a program great. The resources are buy-in from people, interest from a university standpoint. All of these things aren’t there, and it’s the biggest challenge.”
With head coach Micah Shrewsberry on his way to Notre Dame, the future of Penn State hoops is up in the air.
Former #NittanyLion and one of our own @JonCrispinESPN explains to @ESPN_Schick and @BigAntHerron what needs to happen in order to keep the program on track. pic.twitter.com/3bMd298I5w
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) March 24, 2023
We’ll see if a new head coach will be able to right the ship in State College. The search for the fourth head coach in the past 3 years is ongoing.