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Lions to play home-and-home against VCU: report

Penn State has agreed to an enticing home-and-home series against a good regional opponent for the next two seasons, according to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

The Nittany Lions will host VCU this season, then do the return trip there next season.

One thing that could be interesting with this series is that some people may consider VCU coach Mike Rhoades as a potential candidate for the Penn State job. Jim Ferry is the Lions’ interim head coach this season, after the resignation last month of Patrick Chambers.

Now, that might be wishful thinking on the part of PSU fans who would want Rhoades as the next coach. Why?

Here’s what we wrote about Rhoades during the initial coaching candidate possibility story:

Head coach at VCU. His name is getting mentioned in several places. But he makes more money at VCU ($1.7 million) than he would at PSU, plus VCU is a better basketball job with an easier path to the NCAA Tournament.

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Like I said before, Penn State fans get upset hearing things like VCU is a better basketball job, but that’s just reality. The Rams have made as many NCAA Tournament appearances since 2009 (nine) as Penn State has made in its program history.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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