Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers is fighting for respect for his team – that much was apparent after the Nittany Lions lost to Pitt on Tuesday.
Asked a question of whether “proving you could play with (Pitt)” instead of losing by 37 like they did last time, Chambers politely answered it. And then he seemed to turn his annoyance level up a notch. Below is a transcript of the full exchange between Chambers and the media:
“Whether it’s Pitt or whoever in the Big Ten, I feel like we have a good solid team.
“And I hope people start taking us seriously. Because I feel like, and I know (the PSU players) were tired of everybody talking about us like we’re not a good team. ‘Aren’t you proud to be on the same floor?’ What does that mean? What does that really mean? We’re a good team, we’re a good basketball team, get used to it. How’s that sound?”
You don’t think people take you seriously?
“No. No, not at all.”
Why? I’m curious.
“I’m sure because of history.
“Our attitude has changed, our mindset has changed. We’re competing at a high level. We’re just not seeing great results the last two games, but we’re getting there.”
Does this game help along those lines?
“If you win it, yeah.”
Don’t you think beating Bucknell would help that?
“Yeah I agree.
“Nice low blow, but yeah I agree, you’re right.”