Penn State Basketball will be on its fourth head basketball coach in five seasons to start the 2023-24 season.
Penn State Basketball received some devastating news when it was reported that head coach Micah Shrewsberry was headed to Notre Dame.
Shrewsberry was in the conversation for the Notre Dame vacancy for the better part of a week and it became official on Wednesday. Pete Thamel of ESPN had the story first.
This is a disappointing outcome for the Nittany Lions considering how successful the 2022-23 season was. Penn State made its first NCAA Tournament since 2011 and won its first tournament game since 2001. It truly looked like things were heading in the right direction.
It may not be much of a surprise to see Shrewsberry head to Notre Dame. He has deep ties to the state of Indiana, living there most of his life and coaching for both Purdue and Butler.
Shrewsberry may have also seen the writing on the wall at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are slated to lose six key contributors from this year’s team, likely leading to a bit of a rebuild.
Where Penn State goes from here remains to be seen. It was reported that the athletic department upped its game when it came to basketball in order to try to keep Shrewsberry around. If these reports are true, then it seems Shrewsberry had his mind made up about going back home from the get-go.
One of the best seasons in recent memory for Penn State Basketball still finds a way to end in heartbreak. Truly a brutal end to what was a fun season.