With the start of the season around the corner, the college basketball world received some big news on Wednesday, as Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers announced his resignation.

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman broke the story on Twitter.

Goodman also provided a possible rationale for the departure, as Chambers was investigated by the university following a comment referencing a “noose” he allegedly made to combo guard Rasir Bolton, a 247Sports three-star recruit in the 2018 class, in January 2019.

Bolton left the program after his freshman campaign and joined the Iowa State Cyclones in the Big 12 Conference.

The 49-year-old Chambers accepted the Penn State job after two seasons in the America East Conference with the Boston University Terriers. Throughout his nine years in State College, he posted a 148-150 (56-110 B1G) record.

The Nittany Lions never made the NCAA Tournament under his guidance, but likely would have in 2019-20, had the event not been canceled by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Jim Ferry, who joined Chambers’ staff in 2017, will serve as the interim head coach for the 2020-21 season.

Ferry’s last head coaching position was with the Duquesne Dukes for five seasons from 2012-17.