Penn State defeated Wisconsin for the first time since 2011 on Saturday afternoon, and that win has some fans wondering if coach Jim Ferry’s “interim” title will be removed.

Ferry took over for Pat Chambers near the end of the offseason.

Despite the adversity of losing their head coach and dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, the Nittany Lions turned in an impressive season so far. Penn State has two wins over ranked opponents, including its 81-71 victory over the Badgers on Saturday.

While Chambers had some success at State College, he never made the NCAA Tournament in nine years on the job (although he likely would have made it in 2019 if not for the pandemic canceling the Big Dance).

But now Ferry, thrust into a tough situation, may have the Nittany Lions in position to make the tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

According to, the Nittany Lions (6-7) are currently the No. 36 team in the country. That’s up five spots from before tipoff vs. the Badgers. If they can hold in the mid 30s, an NCAA Tournament berth seems likely.

With the win, Wisconsin moves into Joe Lunardi’s “Next Four Out” section of his Bracketology report. There’s still work to be done, but that’s progress.

Here’s some of the reaction to Ferry’s performance so far this season, including a few suggestions that Penn State make him the permanent head coach.