Mike Rhoades will be the next head coach of Penn State men’s basketball. The news was announced on Wednesday.

Rhoades comes to State College from VCU, where he had coached since 2017. During his stint at VCU Rhoades had a 129-61 record. The position at Penn State became open after Micah Shrewsberry was hired by Notre Dame to be its next basketball coach.

Rhoades sat down with BTN’s Andy Katz on Thursday to talk about how the Penn State coach will build up the program. Rhoades wants to have Penn State play with a blue-collar type of mentality.

“No. 1 is get good players, that always helps,” said Rhoades. “You’re right, build your identity with good players and a commitment to your style of play. I believe in playing free with a green light, playing aggressively and having a blue-collar mentality. I think that’s very important. That’s who I am and who we are.”

Penn State made an impressive run in the B1G Tournament under Shrewsberry, making it all the way to the final before losing to Purdue. The Nittany Lions eventually lost to Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, effectively ending their season.

It’ll be interesting to see how Rhoades changes Penn State’s identity under his rule. Here’s the full interview with Rhoades courtesy of BTN: