It was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that Penn State University is prepared to make a long-term commitment to current Penn State basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry, at the conclusion of this season.
This report comes the day after Penn State basketball picked up their first NCAA tournament victory since 2001. The program is clearly headed in the right direction and many within the Penn State community have been fearful that he would be plucked away from the program at the end of this season.
It was rumored that Notre Dame, Georgetown, and other major programs would be interested in hiring Shrewsberry away from Penn State. Back on March 11th he was asked about these rumors and he responded with this:
This is a huge win for the Penn State basketball program. Clearly Shrewsberry is a great fit at Penn State, but also it shows that the university is dedicated to building this basketball program.
Before becoming the head coach at Penn State, Shrewsberry spent time with Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics as an assistant from 2013-2019. He then became an assistant coach at Purdue from 2019-2021, a role he held earlier in his career from 2011-2013. The 46 year old finally got his first head coaching opportunity with the Penn State basketball program, and it appears this partnership will carry on for many years.
Penn State basketball will play in the round of 32 against Texas on Saturday 3/18 at 7:45 PM on CBS. But, regardless of the result of this game, it feels like Micah Shrewsberry and the 2022-2023 Nittany Lions have made a lot of Penn State fans fall back in love with Penn State basketball.
It truly feels like with new athletic director Patrick Kraft that everything is coming together, and the best decisions are being made for this university.