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Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 10:17 pm
 



Posted by Jeff Borzello

In a shocking coaching move, Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is leaving the Nittany Lions for the vacant coaching job at Navy, sources confirmed to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

The story was first reported by Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com.

DeChellis will replace Billy Lange, who left to become the associate head coach at Villanova.

"It's been a very, very dificult weekend for me and my family. If I break down, there's good reason for that," DeChellis said at a news conference Monday afternoon. "Penn State is a special place for me and my family, but I found another special place in the U.S. Naval Academy." 

By leaving Penn State, DeChellis leaves a bigger conference, a bigger school – and a bigger paycheck. David Jones of The Patriot-News reported that DeChellis was making $650,000 at Penn State, but will dip down to $450,000 at the Naval Academy.

"This is a great job ... a Big Ten job with Big Ten facilities. We've got all the bells and whistles," DeChellis said. "But to me, it's not about the bells and whistles. It's not about the large arenas anymore."

DeChellis went 222-232 in eight seasons at Penn State, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time this past March.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Comments

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

Good for him  He had no chance to move up in the Big Ten with the powerful established programs.  He was never going to pass Purdue, Mich State, Ohio State , Wisconsin and now Michigan and Indiana are coming back.   Travel is tough out of Penn State for basketball.  6th place is a successful season for Penn State



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

"DeChellis went 222-232 in eight seasons at Penn State, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time this past March."

Must have been the grind of averaging 57 games a year that got to him.




Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

Todd Lickliter may find himself back in the big Ten or maybe Steve Alford. Nittany
Lions can have all our old b-ball coaches but the Hawkeye coach they want is Ferentz
when JoePa leaves.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

As a PSU alum, I can say this is one pleasant surprise. Eight years, one tourney appearance. Ya, this will all turn out really great..until we found out what bargain rate coach PSU decides to hire next.


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