World Campus Connects: Live Q&A with Coach Chambers

Uploaded by PSUWorldCampus on 11.07.2012

[ Music ] >> Hey, Penn Staters, welcome to our live
Q and A session with men's basketball coach, Patrick Chambers, co-sponsored by the World
Campus chapter of the Blue and White Society and Penn State Public Broadcasting. We're
very, very glad that you're with us tonight. My name is Heather Chakiris, and I'm the Director
of Advising and Learner Success for Penn State World Campus and Continuing Education. I'll
be helping to facilitate your conversation tonight with Coach Chambers. We have students
joining us through Google Hangout and also in our Cover It Live chat room. We've also
got some great prizes from Penn State men's basketball if you can answer trivia questions
correctly about the coach. So if you're ready, let's get started and have some fun. Coach,
welcome. >> Thanks for having me.
>> We're thrilled to have you with us tonight. >> Oh, it's great to be here.
>> We've been practicing our basketball skills, I'm not sure if you know that or not. We've
been in heavy training. [ Laughter ]
>> I've seen. I've seen. >> Have you seen our promo video?
>> I have. >> You have seen it? Are we taking a look
at that? Let's see if we can take a look at the promo video.
[ Music ] >> Hey Lion, why are you so down? Oh, you're
sad because basketball season’s over? Nobody likes a sad Lion. Maybe I can help. My name’s
Heather Chakiris, and I'm Director of Advising and Learner Success for Penn State World Campus
and Continuing Education. I actually stopped by today because we're going to be hosting
a live Q and A event with men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers, yes, and so I'm moderating
it and I thought I'd come over and practice my game. I've got some pretty mad skills.
You want to see? Let’s go. [ Music ]
>> Let's do this. [ Music ]
>> Got away from me a little bit. Try again? All right, I'm ready. Let's go. Alright here
we go. [ Music ]
>> Okay Lion, maybe you can do better. Want to show me what you've got? Let's go.
[ Background noise ] >> Wow! All right. Okay, I'm ready. I can
do that. I can do that. All right, here we go, here we go.
[ Music ] >> Well, Lion, if anybody can help me, it's
Coach Chambers. >> So what do you think?
>> Like I said, we have some skills camps running this weekend.
>> You put in the good word for me with Coquese? >> I'll talk to Coach Washington, we'll get
you over there. >> I don't think she’s going to be able
to help. I don't think there's a basketball camp in the world that's going to help me.
But that's a great starting off point. It would probably be nice to just introduce yourself
to the students, tell them a little bit about yourself and how did you get to be a basketball
coach, how did you know that you wanted to do that as a career?
>> Well, first World Campus, hello, how's everybody doing out there? My name is Patrick
Chambers, and I'm going into my second year, just one year a couple of weeks ago for me.
Incredible start, got into sports at an early age, I was one of 12, youngest of 12, 9 boys,
3 girls, and just played a ton of sports, played basketball in high school and college,
and then I kind of missed it. There was a void once I graduated. And I wasn't sure what
that may have been. And then I got back into high school basketball as a hobby. And I ended
up coaching two guys, as a matter of fact the NBA draft is on tonight, who were drafted
in the NBA draft a few years back. Wayne Ellington, who is now with the Minnesota Timber Wolves
and Gerald Henderson, who is with the Charlotte Bobcats. Unless he was traded, because they've
been doing a lot of things. So anyway, I got a very lucky break, and ended up working at
Villanova and Boston University, and here I am. I sit here today.
>> That's fantastic. Well, my understanding is you have three siblings that are Penn State
grads, is that correct? >> That is correct. My brother Chris, my brother
Joe, and my sister Megan who lives here currently. She's been here for 19 years.
>> Has she really? >> So when I moved here, I had a family member
here. >> Oh, that's great. That's helpful to know
somebody when you come here. >> No, it really helped us. Before we got
here they already had houses picked out for us and you know, we knew the right grocery
store to go to. >> That's great. That's great. So did they
give you any advice or anything like that, about coming to Penn State or what it means
to be at Penn State, anything like that? >> I always knew. I read all the Joe Paterno
books, and the great traditional type books for Penn State. And got to know Bruce Parkhill
a little bit, I've known Jerry Dunn in the circles and Eddie DeChellis, and Danny Earl,
who is on the staff. Him and I used to play against each other and play together. So I
know what it was about, I knew about the pride and the passion that Penn Staters have for
this University and their athletic program. So I was excited to get here.
>> Oh cool. I know that we're excited to have you here, you brought a really -- a new energy,
I think, to men's basketball. So we're psyched to have you.
>> Well, I see your attitude ban, I'm really proud of that.
>> I do. >>I didn't mention it earlier, but I have
to mention it today. I had mine on too, so that's a good thing.
>> I do and this is no lie, I had to have surgery in January and I wore this to my surgery
because I was nervous. That's not a lie. My mom can tell you they made me take it off
before my surgery, I didn't want to take it off. Yeah, yeah, it's a true story.
>> Well you know, I had surgery as well. I'm on seven weeks. I had three on. This one broke
so I just have two left. I kept hitting this one, please.
>> More pain pills. >> Exactly!
>> Well, we can go ahead and get started with a couple of student questions that we have.
So you deal with students, undergraduate students, traditional age undergraduate students on
a daily basis. They're juggling both being a student athlete, their time on the court,
practice time, travel time, with education and social, their social lives. What advice
do you give them, how do you help them manage that?
>> Well, it's very difficult. Especially for freshmen. And we have structure here. It's
very new to them. You know, they think they're coming to college and they're going to be
independent, I'm away from my parents, little do they know -- oh no, we're your parents
here, we're just an extension of your parents. And we try to help them time manage, we try
to help them organize, and we try to help them with the detail of their days. And we'll
sit down with them, everybody has an iPhone these days, so we'll sit down with them and
you know, we'll help them understand how to plug things into their calendar and how -- what
time they need to be at their tutors and their classes and their mentors, and we're going
through that right now because we have the whole team on campus. So we're trying to educate
them on how to be -- how to become -- from that boy, how to become a man. And it's constant
communication, I think, helps us out too. It's the trust factor, they're not going to
do something you ask them to do if they don't trust you. So we have an open door policy,
they can come in no matter who's in my office, it doesn't matter if it's President Erickson,
they can come right in, sit down, say hello, talk, whatever the case may be. But I think
all that helps along this journey that helps them time manage and manage academics, basketball,
they have to have a little bit of a social life. Not that I'm a big fan of that part,
but we have to have that. And then we have to get them prepared for life after basketball
and life after college, and I think we do a pretty good job of that.
>> What are sort of the strategies that you do to get them prepared for a career?
>> Oh, I put them in different situations, as far as on the floor, off the floor, any
teaching point that I can see in basketball, because basketball is a great teacher of life
lessons. And I always translate that into the real world. I always said I was in the
real world for ten years and boy is it hard. I don't really say it like that, but you get
my gist. It's very difficult, man. There's adversities, challenges every day when you
wake up that gets us back to attitude, how are we going to handle that. And then when
you're on the road in basketball and you're in Indiana and Michigan State and Ohio State
and all these incredible places, you're in the most difficult situation as a young man,
as a team. You have 18,000 people screaming and yelling at you. And what I would tell
them is if you can handle this adversity, you can handle anything.
>> That’s good advice. >> So just little things like that we just,
you know, we build throughout their career. >> That's a great idea. I know that you take
pride in being a family man, you've got three little ones and a brand new little one --
>> That's correct. >> -- too.
>> Caitlin Cecilia. Yup. >> When you're busy travelling, recruiting,
travelling during the season, off season having camps, how do you juggle? As you know, the
World Campus and Continuing Education students are adult learners, going to school sometimes
full time, part-time, working full time, kids, family issues, juggling elder care issues.
>> No question, yeah. >> How -- what strategies do you use in your
own life to make sure you're giving your family enough time, your career enough time?
>> It's a great question. And I'm still trying to get better at it, to be honest with you.
But what I would say to -- I would say I'm a life-long learner as well. I want to continue
to learn, I want to continue to get better. So I challenge myself on a daily basis. You
know, when you're a head coach of a high major program you -- you're fortunate enough to
have a lot of people work for you. And they help you schedule and time manage and work
out your day. I live one mile from campus. I live one mile from the BJC. So there's times
in the morning that I'm spending with -- it's family time, 6 to 8, 5:30 to 8:30, whatever
it may be, 5:30 to 8. And then I'll sneak home for lunch. I'll give you a great example,
today for example. I knew I had to do this, so it was 5 o'clock, I knew they were at a
pool somewhere. So I went over for 30 minutes and I spent 30 minutes with them. And that
might not sound like a lot of time, and it's probably not, really, but we got it done.
And they saw me and I spent time with them and I asked them about their day and how things
are going. And then we Skype. My wife and I are great communicators, we talk all the
time, via text, e-mail, you know, the iPhones got the -- we can see each other on that now.
I forget what that's called, face time. So there's so many things we do to stay connected.
And I think it's important, because I want my kids to know that they do have a father,
and I want to be there to help them through those times, and I want to be there for my
wife too, I want to be that great husband. So really got to time manage and really got
to be creative. And I think that's what we do, we're very creative in our daily, our
daily -- weekly process. >> I would imagine it's -- you have to be
very creative with your time. And even if you have 30 minutes with your kids, it's a
good 30 minutes, it's solid. >> It's quality. It's -- you know what I would
say? I would look out there, I would say put your phone down, get away from the computer
for a little bit, and just focus for 30 minutes. It's such a great challenge in this generation
that we're in right now, because everything's at our finger tips, and if you can just focus
for those 30 minutes and just say I am dialed in right here, that's quality. You know, just
sitting down with my daughter watching Dora the Explorer, that's probably not quality.
The quality is how was your day today, how was dance camp --
>> Talking to her, looking in her eyes -- >> Yup. I'm getting better at that. I'm not
perfect, I'm still -- I have challenges, there's no question. But I'm getting there.
>> Good, excellent. I wanted to make sure you met the folks that are in our Google Hangout.
So we’re going to toss it to Liam who's managing the Google Hangout tonight, hey Liam,
what's up? >> Well, we've got students from all over
the country with us here today. We've got a student from New York, one from Texas, one
from Michigan, and a few more on the way. We're still waiting on. But our first question
is going to be coming to us from Kent, who is a turfgrass science major from Michigan,
and Kent was actually cheering you on at a Michigan State game.
>> Oh thanks, I appreciate that. >> So Kent, you want to ask your question?
>> Alright coach, I'm wondering when you guys play in Ann Arbor next year, it's kind of
a selfish question, I was wondering if I can be put on the list next year so I can get
amazing seats again. >> Kent, no doubt about it. The fact that
you came on and you just spent 15 minutes on here, there's no question. You just let
us know. I'm on the e-mail, just send us an e-mail, just say I'm the guy, Kent, and just
give me a little history and I'll forward it to our director of ops and we'll take care
of it. >> Alright, thank you coach.
>> I appreciate the support. Thanks for your patience too.
>> Thank you very much. >> That's too funny. Was that really your
question, Kent? >> Yes, yes it was.
>> I'm assuming tickets are going to be very hard to get at Michigan, that's why you're
asking on June 27, is that what it is? You're really forward-thinking, very proactive. Thanks,
Kent. >> I also do not want to support that university
there an Ann Arbor, I can't -- [ Laughter ]
>> Even though my girlfriend goes there -- >> Now the truth is starting to come out,
now the truth is coming out here -- >> There's always some romance, there's always
something in there that makes it complicated. >> That's great.
>> Yes, there is. >> No problem.
>> That's too funny. >> Thank you coach.
>> Thank you. >> We're going to go ahead to an e-mail question
that we have. This is Kevin who's a student in the applied statistics graduate program.
So this is a statistical question. No, it's not. I'm just --
>> I was going to say, hey, it's been a long time.
>> What is the square root -- no, that's not what we're asking you. What is the number
one most important thing that Penn State men's basketball needs to do to consistently be
a Big Ten contender? >> Great question. And what we need to do
first is change the perception of the way the Big Ten thinks about us. That's number
one. We've got to go out -- and I think we've done that, we've created that last year. That
team played so hard for me and for you guys that I was very proud. I think we got everything
out of them that we could get out. And then we've got to go out and recruit. We've got
to get the best players that we can possibly get here at Penn State. Now recruiting to
Penn State's very unique, you have to be into your academics. Because there's no easy path
here, there's no -- we're not a factory, we're not just handing out a degree. So it's difficult
and they've got to go to class, we do class checks, they've got to go to study hall, we
do all that stuff. So it's got to be somebody that gets it and wants to be a part of that.
And I would also go back -- and this sounds funny, they've got to love basketball. Because
I mean, we get you up at 6, maybe 5:30 a.m., you're working out, you're lifting. That's
two-and-a-half hours, breakfast -- >> You’ve got to love it.
>> You've got two-and-a-half hours, three hour class. Right now, just thinking right
now. Maybe get a little lunch, maybe get a little nap, maybe not. And then you're coming
back and you're working out with the captains. Again, it's a long day. You have to love it.
You really do. >> You've got to want it.
>> There's no question. >> Yup. We do have some trivia questions.
So students out there, if you're ready, we're going to go ahead and hit you with the first
trivia question. Liam, tell them what they'll win?
>> Well, you can win this -- >> Nice move Liam!
>> -- Penn State basketball T-shirt. In a size of large or extra-large.
>> Outstanding. Thank you. Thank you, Vanna. [ Laughter ]
>> First trivia question is what is coach's favorite number? Favorite number. We're starting
off with the hard question. So give it some thought, we have no music to play in the background
for you. So Liam -- >> Wendy, Do you want to take your guess first?
>> Come on, Wendy! >> Number four.
>> I tell you what, that's not a bad guess. And if I could give it a hint, it's a part
of it. >> Oh!
>> Oh, oh! >> If I give it a little hint, it's a part
of it. >> 14?
>> Close, but no. >> 41?
>> All right, Kent, you want to take a stab? >> Kent's already got tickets to the Michigan
game -- >> Right --
>> Anyway -- >> 44.
>> No, it can't be 4. >> What was it again?
>> 14. >> 44?
>> Not 14, and not 44. You've got to remember I was a point guard.
>> 41? [ Laughter ]
>> Love it -- [ Laughter ]
>> Nope. >> Probably what his jersey number was --
>> I see somebody -- somebody's giving a hint in the background. Did you hear that?
>> No question, no doubt, I love it. >> Looking like I might take the T-shirt home
tonight. >> I know. Liam's going to be keeping the
T-shirt. Should we go to the answer? >> 24?
>> Oh, yes. Who is that? >> Jessie in Austin.
>> Hey Jessie -- >> Hey Jessie, great job.
[ Multiple voices speaking ] >> Outstanding. You are the recipient of a
Penn State basketball t-shirt. Liam will not be with the t-shirt when it arrives in Austin.
>> Darn. [ Laughter ]
>> How did you -- Jessie, how did you know that?
>> Just a gut -- >> Good job, Jessie.
>> Thanks. Good guess. >> So why 24?
>> I -- 12 times 2. I'm one of 12, my parents were 2, 12 was taken so I went 12 times 2,
you know, I was just trying to figure out some numbers. I could have had 14, but I went
with 12 times 2, so I like 24. >> And that was out at Philadelphia, Philadelphia
University? >> Philadelphia Textile, now Philadelphia
University, yup. >> Got you, awesome. Congratulations again,
excellent job. >> Thank you.
>> How -- we talked -- before -- prior to the trivia question we were talking about
getting them motivated, getting the players motivated, playing in locations that might
not be friendly toward them. How much does the support of Nittany Nation matter in getting
the players motivated for the game, getting you motivated for the game?
>> I would tell you, at home it's critical. We need a home court advantage. We need -- sometimes
you need that extra little push at the end of a game, especially when it's close, you
need that extra little energy that the crowd can give you. And I think, you know, we're
getting there. It's not where it needs to be, but we're getting there. It's going to
take a winning season, I think. And I'm realistic to that. On the road, I've got to tell you,
it's always difficult because it's hard to get tickets, wherever we go is sold out. Which
is great. But when I do see that patch of blue or that row of blue, you know, I just
give a quick, you know, pump fist or a thumbs up or something just to say thank you. Because
you're in a hostile environment, you know? And I'm sure people are going to be screaming
at them as well, for supporting Penn State. >> Too bad.
>> But I think it's great. And when it kind of goes quiet and you just hear, you know,
the famous “We are,” it's just a great feeling to know you've got some fans in a
hostile environment. >> Well, as you know, but all of the students
may not know is we started last year something called the Lion's Chambers --
>> Oh yeah -- >> -- that's right, for World Campus and Continuing
Education students who go to basketball games either here or on the road. And actually,
Liam in the Hangout is modeling a Lion’s Chambers T-shirt, nice job, Liam --
>> Liam, you do have a modeling career here, buddy. Don't quit --
>> Not just Liam, but Kent too -- >> If you haven't noticed, he's shy.
>> I have one too. >> Oh, awesome --
>> Nice job -- >> Excellent. That's great.
>> Wendy has one too. That's very cool. >> That’s fantastic.
>> Yup. >> What's our next -- since we're in the Hangout,
what's our next question in the Hangout? >> Well, our next question is coming to us
from Wendy, who is the incoming president of the Blue & White Society of the World Campus
chapter, and she's also an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan. And she just left us.
>> Oh, poor Wendy. >> She's kind of been going in and out. So
maybe we'll go over to Ivy instead. Ivy is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National
Honor Society, she's also one of our student bloggers, we're very –
>> Oh, awesome. >> Oh, cool, how are you doing?
>> Good. Hi coach, how are you? >> I'm doing great.
>> Good. Well my question is now that you have a year under your belt, what are you
looking to do differently as a result of what you learned from this season?
>> What I would tell you is when you're a new coach it takes a little while for the
players to really understand your philosophy and, you know, what you're trying to do in
practice. And gain a better understanding of your offensive X's and O's, and your defensive
rotations. Just little things like that. So they have a better understanding of what -- who
I am and what we need to do, which is going to help. Which is really going to help. And
I think you saw that later in January and February. Even though the wins weren't piling
up, you saw a better team, a more cohesive team. What I would tell you is I'm very confident
in what we do, so I'm not going to change much. We're going to go out and recruit as
hard as we can, but we're still going to push the ball, we're still going to dive all over
the place, we're going to still really try to make you proud for 40 minutes and play
a fun style. >> How do you get the players motivated -- how
do you get them motivated, so is there music or you know, what do you talk to them about?
>> You know, I try to go back to when I was a player and maybe what I wanted to hear.
So it could be a pre-game speech, it could be a quote that I read, it could be something
that somebody said, you know, it could be, you know, tapping into maybe an assistant
coach. But there's always some type of motivation that you can take away from when you really
get to know your team, and what they may need at that moment. So I try to do different things.
I read a ton, and I know that sounds funny, because you're like, how do you have the time
to read. But I can't sleep if I don't read, because my mind will be racing all night.
So what I do is every night I'll read 20, 15, 20, 30 minutes, and obviously takes me
a while to finish a book, you know, but I get it, I really take some things from these
other great coaches or just people that are very powerful, as far as the mind goes. So
I'm always trying to change behaviors, always trying to get their attitude to change, and
I think as a result of that your motivation comes.
>> Awesome. So you're seeing a change then -- you're seeing that the players are reacting
to this, they're responding to this? >> They respond to attitude like I've never
seen. They totally understand that it's not a gimmick, that it's real-life stuff. And
I'm really proud of that fact. And they go out and they show it, not only on the Court
but as they carry themselves on the campus. Everybody, I've gotten e-mails, text messages,
man, your kids are so polite, man your kids, something happened with this player and he
just handled it so beautifully. Like, that stuff, that's what I'm talking about, becoming
a man and taking care of business when you get to the real world. So those little things
really, you know, signify we're headed in the right direction. Because as you can see,
we get to work with them right now, which is brand new, first time ever in the NCAA
we're allowed to work with them. So you can see, like, I'm not harping on certain things
I used to be harping on, because now it's a habit, now they're doing it, and they want
to do it. Because they want to be better than 12 wins, they want to be more successful.
>> Good, so they've bought in, and that's important.
>> It's about being two feet in, let's go, let's go. You're two feet in, you've got your
band on, it's beautiful. >> I am. I’m in.
>> I know. I love it. >> I may not, you know, be very good at it
-- >> No question.
>> But I'm totally there in spirit. I think Wendy came back?
>> Yup. >> She is back. So Wendy, what was your question?
>> I hope so. >> There you go.
>> My -- Hi, coach. >> How are you Wendy, thanks for coming back.
>> Can you hear me? >> Yeah, thanks for coming back.
>> Hi, coach. Thank you, I keep getting bounced in and out. My question is what kind of --
>> Oh no! >> Poor Wendy!
>> She left us in suspense. >> I know, that's too bad. Oh my gosh, do
we have any other questions from the Hangout while we're waiting for Wendy to reconnect?
>> We do. Robert, do you want to ask your question? Robert's a -- he's getting his associate
degree in information sciences and technology through Continuing Education, then he’s
going for his bachelor's degree after that. So Robert, you want to ask coach your question?
>> Yeah. Coach, I'm Rob, how are you doing? >> Hey Robert, how are you?
>> Good. What was the most adverse situation you've never accomplished in your life? What
did you learn from it and what would you recommend to other people, like, students, about it.
Like, that they could take with them and apply toward their own life?
>> Okay, so you're asking me my most adverse situation?
>> Yeah. >> I would tell you, and not many people may
know this, I was stabbed when I was 31. I was stabbed in the side of my neck here and
then in the back. What I would tell you is obviously, my mom always used to say have
a good cry, get it out of your system, but once you do that it's time -- you have to
start getting busy living again. And I took that on. Because when I woke up that next
morning, and I wasn't doing anything wrong, just wrong place, wrong time, and it was probably
the best thing that ever happened to me, though. Which sounds funny, because it totally -- I
was a pretty good person, I think, I was pretty positive for the most part, but I wasn't leading
the life that I was supposed to be leading. I was into materialistic things and you know,
all that stuff that -- that this world, this society, tells you that's right. And really,
it's not right. What's important is giving back, what's important is helping others,
and going through life with a positive attitude. So I also felt that void and that was always
in my gut. So when I woke up that day my eyes opened, and I cried for a long time. But then
I realized, you know, there was a tough time there, why me, you know, I'm the whole thing,
good person, why me, why God, all of that. When I finally got through that I said I'm
going to focus on my attitude, I'm going to focus on my work ethic, I'm going to focus
on what I'm passionate about, and I went after it. And I took a major risk, I mean, I sold
a house in the suburbs, sold it all. Sold it all, moved into a basement of a friend
-- I'm not telling you to sell everything, not telling you to do that. What I'm telling
you is to follow your passion, and that's why I sit here today. I followed my passion,
had an incredible attitude, I'm very positive, very upbeat. I keep the bag of clothes that
I was injured in, in my office on a bar stool now, it used to be in my closet, now it's
on a bar stool. Because of my knee injury, I had a couple tough weeks. So it brought
me back to my core and who I am, and I basically said, you know, don't take life for granted,
don't take anything for granted. Get up every day and be positive, be upbeat because you're
in control it. You're in control of your attitude. You dictate how you want to be seen out there
in the world. So I smile, I open the door for people, I do all of the little things
that I think’s important to me and who I want to be. So what -- I guess to summarize
that long answer is passion, follow your passion, follow your love, when you face adversity
know that that adversity -- you're in the fire, know that, you know, it's like a piece
-- a diamond, what's a diamond in the beginning. Once that fire -- once you get through that
fire there's something on the other end or once you get through that tunnel that lights
at the other end, and you're going to come out okay, you're going to be a better person,
a stronger person, because of it. And I truly followed that, and that's why I sit here today.
Look, I went from the director of ops at Villanova, we were in the final four my fifth year there,
and I was the head associate coach, I was a head coach in two years, I'm the head coach
at Penn State in the Big Ten, because I followed this -- these -- this formula, I followed
my passion about hard-working, great attitude, being positive, being upbeat.
>> And so that -- that was actually a question that I was going to ask you, is you're known
for being passionate, positive, energy, all the time -- all the time -- when you come
into a room -- people say when Pat Chambers comes into the room, you know he's in the
room. And so that came from that experience in your life – did you have some of that
prior to that or was that really a life-altering moment?
>> I definitely it some of it before, because all my brothers and sisters have it. We got
it from my father, my father would walk into a room thinking he was Frank Sinatra, you
know? So we had a little of that. But I think what came out was the I don't take things
for granted, you know, I don't look at things like -- I'm happy with what I have. You know,
it's -- certain points in your life you're like, oh I wish I had a BMW, I wish I had
an iPad, I wish I had an iPhone, I want this. Well, what about what you do have? And what
I had was love. I mean, that was just an amazing thing that I found out. My family was around
me every day for 30 days, and just an amazing outcry so that was amazing. But it comes out
more now. And not -- but to me, it's genuine. It's not -- you know, I'm not doing it because
everybody says pure energy and you're upbeat and positive. It’s more, this is who I am.
>> I think that comes across -- >> You either like it or you don’t like
it. >> -- Yeah I think that comes across, you're
a genuine guy. And we're about halfway through. So for folks who are just joining us, welcome.
My name is Heather Chakiris, I'm Director of Advising and Learner Success for Penn State
World Campus and Continuing Education, and we're here tonight taking questions for Patrick
Chambers the coach of the Penn State men's basketball team. We're going to start off
the second half with another trivia question. All right? Everybody get ready.
>> So that was half time, right there. >> That was half time, right there. In what
year did the Nittany Lions win the NIT championship? >> I know.
>> All right -- >> I hear gasps. Sorry Liam.
>> Nope, that's okay. How about you start, Rob, what's your guess? Oh, I think you're
muted. >> Rob is stumped.
>> Sorry, what's your answer? >> What was the question, sorry?
>> The question is in what year did the Nittany Lions win the NIT championship?
>> 1982? >> No.
>> I got it. >> Who's next?
>> Sounds like someone might know the answer? Ivy have a guess?
>> Oh, me? >> Sure.
>> 2009? >> That is correct. Liam, what did she win?
>> Give me your shirt, Liam! >> Oh I’m not wearing your prize yet --
>> -- for you. With a -- >> I’m coming to pick that up this weekend.
>> Hey, Ivy, I love the old Welcome Back, Kotter --
>> Horshack! >> Horshack, thank you, I forgot his name.
>> Oh my God, I just told my age. >> I'm right there with you Ivy.
>> We're all right there. Congratulations, that's fantastic. Did you really know that,
Ivy? >> I was torn between '09 and '10.
>> Nice. Nice, well really, good job, good job.
>> Thank you. >> That's great. Is there -- do we have -- did
Wendy come back? >> She did, but then she left.
>> Oh, Wendy. Maybe she'll come back. What's the next question, Liam?
>> I think our next question is going to be asked by Jessie, who already won one of the
trivia questions. But Jessie is a public administration major, she lives in Texas right now but she's
moving to Miami soon, and her favorite non Penn State sports team is the Miami Heat.
>> I wondered what the boxes were for. >> The movers come in the morning.
>> Good for you. >> Yeah, so hey coach, thanks for doing this.
>> No problem. >> It sounds like your first two loves are
family and basketball. So besides those, what are your passions or interests off the court?
>> Wow, that's a really good question. So family is out, my wife and kids are out, basketball,
that was out. I guess I can't add in my immediate family, because I love spending time with
them. You know, with my knee I can't play golf. I guess I would say I read, I do enjoy
travelling, when I can. Like, I don't mind recruiting, I don't mind going on the road
because you get to see the beautiful country. I'm really kind of a boring guy, to be honest
with you. >> I find that hard to believe --
>> I tell you, I used to love to dance. I used to love to dance. And I don't dance any
more. Not that I don't want to, used to be a great song, get out there and dance, I forget
who sings it, but great song. But dad used to be say don't be afraid to be the first
one on the dance floor. And I wasn't. I definitely wasn't. Once I got this job I stopped dancing,
Jess, so -- >> Oh, come on!
>> Bummer. Get back out there. >> Well you know what, I did dance at hoops
madness, I did a little moon walking. Just a little bit. I just gave everybody a little
tease. You know why? Because I don't know if they knew what moon walking was. So I stopped,
I said I've got to stop, I don't think they know what it is.
>> I feel ancient. >> Dad would be proud.
>> So there you go, I like to dance. >> Awesome. Thank you.
>> We're going to do third time’s a charm with Wendy.
>> Let's go Wendy, we're doing this one. >> Wendy, cut right to the chase with the
question, my friend. Let's go. Fingers are crossed.
>> Okay. Okay, the rules that you have for your players, do you have a required GPA,
are there certain curfews, what are your requirements for them, both in and out of the season?
>> That's a good question. You know, we ask for --
>> Did that work? >> Yeah, we heard you, Wendy. We ask for at
least a 2.5 and above, as far as study hall is concerned. We feel like if you can get
over 2.5 that you have the structure down and you're prepared to handle it on your own.
Now if you dip below that, you're in study hall, you know, six to eight hours a week,
you're going to see your mentor. And we have, we actually have our assistant coaches, we
all know when they have tests, when they have papers due, when they may have a speech. So
we stay on top of that. Because of the trust that we built over the last year, you know,
I'm not -- this isn't jail, we don't bed check them or curfew them every night. But once
we get into the season, we're going to, no Twitter, you know, they have to friend us
on Facebook, just so -- they represent Penn State, they represent this program and they
represent themselves and us. So they've got to be careful with what they put on Facebook.
But then we will bed check them through the season, and when we work out at 6 a.m. I don't
think many people are going out the night before of a 6 a.m. workout. Or they shouldn't,
if they do. And typically, they don't. So I try not to have too many rules, I just try
to keep things pretty much in perspective. Because when you have too many rules you kind
of paint yourself into a corner, and everybody's on a case to case basis. You've got a kid
from the suburbs versus a kid from the inner city, I don't think that's fair to have a
set rule for both kids. So I handle things a little bit differently. But so far it's
been effective, I think. >> How is game day structured?
>> It's great. So four hours or five hours before a game we have a walk-through. I'll
take it a step further, let's go to breakfast. We make sure that they have breakfast that
day. So they'll have breakfast, they'll go back to bed, then we'll go -- a walk-through,
which is really shooting, kind of like a cheat sheet. Let's just really go over a couple
of things. And then we'll get some shots up to make sure we're comfortable at the BJC
or on the road. Once we've done that, we have a pre-game meal. We usually do something nice,
somebody says something, maybe a prayer, maybe not a prayer, maybe a quote of something.
I do it sometimes, but I have the assistants do it, or have the players do it.
>> I was going to ask if the captains did it or anything like that?
>> Yup, the captain is doing it, then I have all the players do it. Because I want them
to get up in front of a group, to be able to speak. So we'll do that. And then they
have to be in the locker room an hour-and-a-half before the game, usually they're in there
two hours before a game because the guys want to get out there and get extra shots, and
they want to get taped and want to get treatment. And then it's game on.
>> And then do you -- I guess it would depend on where you were, whether or not you came
back that, you know, that night or wait until the next day.
>> Yeah. I would tell you most times we'd come back that night because -- you know,
I tell them, I don't care if it's 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, I don't care if you have an
8 a.m., there's time in your day you can get a nap if you need to get a nap. You know,
you're proving and showing to everybody that you're going to make that 8 a.m. class, and
they're going to think the world of you. >> This is a curiosity question, and I'm not
sure if talking about -- >> Heather's going off script now, Heather's
going off script. >> I haven't been on script all night trust
me, If they put me in front of a camera anything is going to happen. When -- do you have superstitions
or are you the type of person who wouldn't even want to say what they were?
>> What I would tell you is just maybe -- when I was at Boston University I won 11 games
in a row I wore the same suit. >> Did you?
>> Same suit, dry cleaned, did get it dry cleaned. I also had my mother's funeral card
in my back pocket going to games. So for every game that's something I do. But that's -- I
wear a hankie every game for my father. So I've got a little -- two things I do for my
parents. But you know, if we get on a little bit of a roll, you see me in the same blue
suit -- because I have like, five or six different blue suits, especially coming to Penn State
I had to update my blue. But you'll change your shirt and your tie. So that's about it.
>> Cool. I have superstitions, so I always wonder about if other people do, particularly
with coaches and things like that. >> I will tell you this, one of my old coaches
wore the same sweater, and I'm telling you, this is no lie, he had food on the sweater
and he did not wash that sweater, he still had the food on the sweater for every game.
But we kept winning, so he was not changing that sweater.
>> Nice -- >> I do that, I have sort of game day rituals
that I do for my favorite teams, and stuff like that. Oh yeah. I totally believe -- totally
believe in that. We're going to do another quick trivia question, and this is a little
bit easy. I'm a little bit disappointed at how easy this is. But we're going to go out
with this one. Where do the Nittany Lions play their basketball games on campus?
>> Bryce Jordan Center. >> Nice job, Kent.
>> Was that Kent? >> Yes, it was.
>> Oh. Kent! >> Kent, you look very mysterious in your
background, buddy. It looks very cool. >> I like to be a little more intimidating.
>> No, it's good stuff. >> I wouldn't go that far, but it is pretty
mysterious. [ Laughter ]
>> What does Kent win, Liam? >> Oh, we have another t-shirt.
>> He's going to be stacked with t-shirts. Hey Kent, when you come to the game you've
got to wear every one. >> That's right, exactly.
>> Can I change, like, every quarter, coach? >> How about we do it every time out. Every
media time out, because you get four in the first half, I want a new shirt on.
>> Well, I need some more shirts though, coach. >> We're getting there. We’re not done yet.
That was -- we're headed into the second -- second portion third portion here. Coming down the
home stretch. >> We are coming down the home stretch.
>> So do you have a pep talk for us, coming down the stretch, coach?
>> Give him a pep talk. >> Whatever you need, let's go. This is it.
>> That’s what I like about you, you’re ready for everything.
>> You've got to dig in right now, I know you're tired, we've got to dig in!
>> Lay the smack down, get them ready. Liam, is there another question in the Hangout?
>> Yes, our next question is coming to us from Venancio, who is also joining us from
Texas. His favorite non-Penn State sports team is the Houston Rockets, and --
>> I love the Rockets, love them. >> So Venancio do you want to ask your question?
Oh, you're muted. >> Unmute, unmute! Is he still muted? We could
make up the question? >> Maybe I could just start talking about
the Houston Rockets. See, he's smiling. I coached Kyle Lowry, who's a point guard who
might be traded tonight, I'm not sure. And the assistant coach and I are very good friends,
his name is Brett Gunning, he's the assistant coach at the Houston Rockets, we worked together
at Villanova. Got a great organization there. Is he unmuted yet?
>> Is he still muted? >> There he is.
>> Venancio! We'll go -- while they're trying to figure out the audio issues we'll just
go ahead and forge ahead with another question. Is there anything that has surprised you in
the last year since you've been at Penn State? Anything that took you by surprise?
>> Well, what I would tell you is perception outside this town is that Penn State and Penn
Staters are not into the men's basketball program. And now that I'm inside I would tell
you that couldn't be further from the truth. Alums want this to be a good basketball program,
they want to fight against the big boys, they want to have a good team year in and year
out. And they want to the go to the NCAA tournament. Everywhere I go, no matter where it is in
this town, and you know what, maybe the tentacles reach two or three hours out, to different
speeches I've been giving, they like their men's baseball. So I'm not seeing that any
more. Which is -- was surprising. Because I was on the outside, I'm from Philadelphia,
so when you -- sometimes you thought of Penn State you're like, oh, you know, maybe they
didn't get a lot of Penn State players throughout their tenure here. But now, you know, that's
going to start changing. >> So the relationships that you're building
with other coaches at Penn State, Bill O'Brien, and Coquese and Kale, you know, what's that
like? It really seems -- I was at one of the coach's caravans, I was at the one in Drexel
Hill. >> That was awesome, what a great one to go
to. >> That was really fun.
>> That was funny and fun. >> It was hysterical. I said if I could be
a fly on the wall on that bus with O'Brien and Chambers, I could only imagine, because
you two had a real natural rapport with each other.
>> We had good connection, we're very similar, and he's got great energy and great passion,
and it was a lot of fun. Being on that caravan, because we're talking about being -- you know,
his message was one Penn State, one athletic program. And man, did he drive that home.
And I truly believe that. And he's reached out to all the coaches, which I thought was
great. And being up there with Char, who's from that neck of the woods, I think she's
from -- we're both from Delaware County, as we say, we're Delco.
[ Laughter ] >> And we had a lot of laughs, and Bill's
-- we're driving through Philadelphia, I'm like hey, this is this, this is this, he's
like, oh my -- you know, head was exploding. I got a tour of Philadelphia. Last time I
was in Philadelphia they were throwing stuff at the bus. Yeah --
>> I imagine it wasn't exactly the nicest --
>> No, because he was with the patriots -- >> Patriots, yeah.
>> So it's been great getting to know him and pick his brain a little bit. And Coquese,
what a fabulous job Coquese has done, The Sweet 16 and where they were where she first
got here, where she is today, the new contract -- so -- and we work very closely together,
because you know what, we're in the same building and share the same courts. So that's been
great. But all the other coaches have been fabulous too, and they all came out to a Coaches
versus Cancer event, and -- >> I was just going to ask about that, do
you want to talk a little bit -- in case students don't know what that is?
>> Coaches versus Cancer is a golf outing, and we raise money for -- locally and throughout
the state of Pennsylvania -- and it's a golf tournament, there's actually a -- Thursday
night there's a great reception for everybody, Sheetz does a phenomenal job for us, and great
food and great beverages, and just a great -- great event. And -- because cancer, you
know, touches everybody in some way. It was unique, I asked in the crowd, I said can you
raise your hand if you're, you know, if you're recovered or you've kicked this, you know,
terrible disease. And there was about twenty people who raised their hand, maybe twenty-five.
And I was blown away by that. Because some of the people, they keep it quiet, and they
don't tell everybody about it, and they battle through it. And like I told Rob, they kept
a great attitude, they persevered. It's pretty amazing. So I dropped the c-e-r in cancer,
and I keep saying we can, we can make a difference, we can do this. You know, maybe it's not your
finances, but it's your time and just come out, play golf or just volunteer, whatever
you can do to help this cause, because we want to put the American Cancer Society out
of business. >> That's right. Yeah. I know it's a long-standing
tradition here, and something that folks look forward to every year.
>> It was my first year, too. And you hear about it for an entire year. And it's like,
wow, this was a top-notch event. A lot of fun.
>> We're going to go ahead back into the Hangout --
>> Love the Hangout >> -- Because rumor has it that the Houston
Rockets fan is back. Are you there? >> Hello, can you hear me?
>> We can, yeah. >> Okay. Sorry about the audio problem, that
was my fault. Thank you coach for taking this opportunity, we really enjoy and appreciate
your time. >> No problem.
>> So my question is which conference do you think is the most competitive in college basketball
today, and how do you think Penn State will stack up against that conference this year?
>> That's a great question. Coming from the Big East at that time, my five years there,
I thought the Big East, hands down was the best. We added Louisville, and we had UConn,
who was rolling, and Syracuse was rolling, and Pitt was going, I mean, what a great conference.
When I left Villanova and went to Boston University and as you dream, or you visualize, as I say,
because everybody can dream, I write things down. I chose the Big Ten because I thought
top to bottom, what a solid conference, academically, getting a degree is very important and the
coaching in this league was just phenomenal. The talent in this league is phenomenal. It
was without question the best league last year. Going into this year, to answer the
question now, we already have six teams on the top 25, six. We only have 12 teams in
the league. And to talk about our team, we're going to be better. We're going to be better.
How much better, I'm not sure. And the reason I tell you that, and I'm not giving you a
politically correct answer here, but what I would tell you is we have to stay healthy.
And if we can stay healthy, we're going to compete, and we're going to win more games
than we did last year. Is it going to be 9 and 9? I don't know. Is it 8 and 10, is it
7? I'm not sure yet. We've got to see how these freshmen adapt to Tim and we've got
to see how DJ -- DJ had a year off, not that he had a year off, but a year meaning he wasn't
playing game speed. So he needs some time to catch up. So there's a lot of question
marks, but I feel a lot better about the direction we're headed in. And I think, you know, people
are -- they fear us a little bit. They fear us in recruiting now a little bit, and now
they're starting to say, hey, don't take Penn State for granted. I mean, Tom Izzo who I
consider a friend now, you know, he says to me, you guys came in here, you cut it to five
with four minutes to go, I can't remember a Penn State game doing that in my 25 years
in the business at Michigan State. So that was a great compliment, not just to me but
to our team and their perseverance and their fight. So if we can have that fight again
and we can have that great locker room that we have, because it all starts in the locker
room, we've got a chance to do some damage. Whether that's NCAA tournament at NIT or some
type of post-season play. >> I was going to ask you what you're most
excited about in the upcoming season. It sounds like that's --
>> I'm excited about -- because this is year two, now they know me. I'm excited about moving
along in the process and those freshmen that were sophomores, seeing how much better they're
going to be, and seeing how much better Tim's going to be, and then adding a DJ Newbill.
So it's exciting. I'm working with them now, I wish we were starting, to be honest. I'm
ready to go. >> When do you start?
>> We don't start until October 15 or that first Friday. But again, like I said, the
NCAA put in a great rule, we get two hours a week right now.
>> Oh, fantastic. >> Yeah.
>> When you were a kid growing up in Philly, were you a 76er's
>> Without question. My favorite player was Mo Cheeks. Just loved Mo Cheeks. He was a
great point guard for the Sixer's, he's an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder,
I was going to say I loved Kyle Lowry. But he's been saying too much stuff in the paper.
I'm going to text him about that. >> Who are some of the other teams that you
would consider to be a favorite teams? >> You know, living in Boston I have a fondness
for the Celtics, Doc Rivers. I became very friendly with him, I went to some training
camps. Obviously, the Houston Rockets because of my connection of Kyle via Bret Gunning,
the assistant coach there. I'm fond of them. Pat Reilly, just because of some of the things
that I've learned from him through his books and some of the formulas that I've taken from
him. I haven't taken credit, I always say this is from Pat Reilly, but I'm stealing
it. He's won a lot of championships, so hopefully it will help us.
>> Awesome. I think Kent has a follow up question. >> Go ahead, Kent.
>> All right, coach, one thing first, I have a pretty solid background in golf, I was an
assistant golf pro for nine years. So if you need a ringer for your [inaudible] more than
happy to volunteer myself. >> Kent, once my knee gets better, can you
fly out here? And then we'll take some lessons. >> Certainly will, coach. My question is,
growing up with a big family how competitive were you guys with sports, with each other?
>> Good question. >> Wow. I would tell you a lot of tearful
days. A lot of crying, a lot of blood, a lot of band aids. I always tell a funny story,
I was the remote control before remote controls. So you can only imagine -- go get the drink,
and then when you get out into the driveway, it's a battle. And then you're playing tackle
football. It's not like we had a huge yard, but it was big enough to scramble around in
-- >> Do some damage.
>> -- oh, man. You know, it's funny, everybody thinks you're spoiled when you're the baby,
and what I always say is I bought my first clothes when I was 21, 22. I had hand me downs
my whole life. I mean, I got a -- I bought -- my mother bought me a suit, God love her.
She bought me a suit, she gave me the jacket for my birthday and the pants for Christmas.
So that's what it was like in my family. It is very blue-collar, very, you know, middle
-- lower to middle class -- >> What did your dad do?
>> You had to fight for everything. He was in sales. I think that's where we get some
of our charisma and our personalities. He was in sales. Ironically enough, he sold gym
floors. >> Did he really?
>> Yup. So for eight summers I worked putting gym floors in and painting the lines on the
floors. >> Wow. When you walk into a gym at this point,
at another university, walk into a gym do you find yourself --
>> I used to all the time, I don't any more, but I used to all the time. I used to look
at the floor, and used to look at the cracks in the floor, that's not six inches there,
and that looks a little discolored there. You know, little stuff like that, that you've
picked up. >> You've been able to turn it off now?
>> Yeah. Yeah, now I'm like, all right, I'm done with that.
>> We're going to go back into the Hangout and we're going to do a little bit of a surprise
for one of our Hangout students. It's Ivy's birthday.
>> Beautiful. Happy birthday, Ivy! >> I can't -- oh --
>> Happy birthday Ivy! >> Audio –
[ Laughter ] >> Oh no! Are you also muted? What is it with
mute tonight? >> There she goes.
>> Sorry! I said thank you very much. I kicked everybody out of the house, we're having a
party, and everyone’s outside. Give you all my focus, coach!
>> Thank you. Thank you, Ivy. Happy birthday! >> Thank you, thank you.
>> We doing anything special for our birthday? >> We're actually up here in Penn State this
weekend. So that's very special. >> Beautiful. Stop by the Bryce Jordan Center,
we'll be in the gym Saturday morning. >> All right, I will.
>> And she will, too. >> That's right.
>> I'll have my man Cappy get you a different T-shirt and maybe a hat or something!
>> Oh, that's so sweet. Thank you very much. >> So Ivy, did you have another question?
>> Well, my last question was just what would you want to see next year and what would you
consider a success? What would you need to see for you to consider next season a success?
>> You know, obviously you want -- everybody wants to win 20 games and go to the NCAA tournament.
But I think that's not fair with the youth that we have on this team. I said it last
year and I really meant it, I just want to be the best team that we can be at the end
of the year. We were the best team that we could be last year, and it was only 12 wins.
We developed our players. They got better. They got better. And they're only going to
be that much better going into this year. So in my head, it's the same thing. If we
focus on not the outcome but focus on, you know, the journey or the task at hand and
embrace that, we could be a really good team. And what is the best team by the end of the
year? Could be 15, could be 18, I'm not sure. But as long as we develop these players and
they're playing the correct way, and they're getting better every day and they’re creating
the best habits that they can create, we have a chance to really be that -- that annoying
team that nobody wants to see that can knock off some big boys.
>> I think you surprised people last year. I think you got some people's attention and
they're looking forward to it. >> Yeah. There's no question. I talked to
Matt Painter we surprised Purdue, they didn't know what hit them. And then I would tell
you, when we beat Illinois when they went to the top, they were just inserted in the
top 25, I think they were as shocked as anybody else. We play very physical, we play very
hard, we're a little bit crazy, we dive at people's -- you know, dive for the ball, and
we dive everywhere. So our marketing team came up with scrappy valley, which I kind
of liked. I kind of liked. >> Is that going to be on a T-shirt? I have
to have that on a t-shirt. >> Yeah we’ll have to talk to Cappy afterwards
and we'll see what he has to say. >> That's too funny. We do have a follow up
question from Jessie. So I want to make sure we give Jessie an opportunity before she moves
to Miami to ask her follow up question. >> Good for you, Jessie. Jessie says she's
not moving for a month, she's already packed. She's like, I'm out of here.
>> Oh no, unmute Jessie, unmute. >> Oh, sorry.
>> There you go. We're good. >> Hey coach, one last thing and I think pretty
appropriate to wrap up. What is your favorite thing about the Penn State community?
>> You know what, I would go back to the passion and the pride that they have in Penn State.
I mean, that -- I mean, it's -- it's crazy. I mean, it really is. It blew me away. At
football games, at women's volleyball games, at wrestling. There is some incredible passion
for Penn State and Penn Staters. And when we were on that caravan going out and seeing
all these people, wow, it was just -- it was amazing. And you could feel it. It wasn't
like, Bill and I and Char, we had the energy, but they gave it to us. They brought it for
us. They were ready to go, they were fired up about moving on and moving ahead, forging
ahead together, what's in store for this new era. It was amazing. So I would say the passion
and the love that people have for this University is incredible.
>> It's a great family to be a part of. That's for sure.
>> It truly is a family. >> And no matter where you go, no matter where
you go, I could be walking in an airport in some place in Seattle with a Penn State t-shirt
on, and you get a “We are.” >> I just told a story about that, I think
I was on a red eye or something, and I'm walking through. I mean, it's early, and I was on
-- I don't know where I was, but you hear “We are.” Wow, it's 6 o'clock. It's 6
o'clock. But it’s great. >> It’s never too early!
>> I wanted to touch on one thing that you just said -- family. I don't know if anybody
really talks about it, but you know it. >> Yup.
>> You see it by everybody's actions. >> Yup.
>> And I think that's even more important than talking about it.
>> It is. It's real special. >> It is.
>> Real special. I know that we have some special prizes that we're going to be giving
away in the Hangout. So we're going to go back to Liam in the Hangout, and he's going
to be giving out the last two prizes of the evening.
>> Are you -- >> Are you ready?
>> I love this Hangout. Got to tell you, love it.
>> I just had to get our special give away prizes. So we're doing a drawing for the last
two prizes that we have. And we have this magnificent snow globe that has Penn State
basketball on it. >> I almost stole that, I’m not going to
lie to you. >> It’s a good paper wright, it's a great
paper weight. >> Which is actually going to me.
[ Laughter ] >> No. A student by the name of Stephen Verigood
has won this. >> Congratulations, Stephen.
>> From South Dakota. >> Oh, South Dakota, outstanding.
>> And our other prize -- I don't know if you can see it, but it's a basketball signed
by Coach Chambers. And that is going to -- >> Me?
>> Who said me, Jess? >> Marvin Price, who is watching from Atlanta,
Georgia tonight. >> Hotlanta!
>> Got to give a shout-out to Marvin Price. He e-mailed me a little while ago, I just
got back to him today. But good luck to you, Marvin.
>> That's great, congratulations, Marvin. That's outstanding. And thanks very much too
for providing the prizes for tonight. >> No problem, no problem.
>> That was fantastic. >> Please come out to some games, we'll provide
tickets too. We need the support. >> Well, we're going to do student events
again this season -- >> Great --
>> -- so we're already right -- we're waiting for the schedule, that's all we're waiting
for. And then we'll be scheduling away -- at away games for students. So we're ready to
go. We're ready to help you cheer them. >> Might be able to help you out with that,
maybe slide it to you a little bit earlier, little bit earlier --
>> We’ll be in touch, we’ll be in touch. Oh yeah, we’ll hit up Cappy.
>> -- okay, exactly. >> I think we should call it Cappy Valley,
is what I think it’s turning into. But with that, we're going to have to wrap things up
for tonight, unfortunately. Thanks to everybody who could join us. Coach, thanks for coming
out, giving us your time. You've got a busy week, very much appreciated. Folks, join us
back here this fall for more live events, including another student town hall with Wayne
Smutz, visit the community section of the Lion Lounge for more information on these
events. You can find that at Small URL.
>> That was awesome. You have done a great job.
>> And be sure to cheer on Penn State's men's basketball when they come to your town this
season. For a schedule and ticket information, visit In the meantime, we
want to give a big thank you to our co-sponsors, the World Campus chapter of the Blue & White
Society and Penn State Public Broadcasting. For the World Campus and Continuing Education
I'm Heather Chakiris, good night, and thanks again for coming. Bye everybody.
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