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New PSU coach Shrewsberry says goodbye to Purdue, on way to State College

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Purdue suffered a quick exit in the NCAA Tournament, losing to North Texas in overtime in the first round Friday night, and Micah Shrewsberry took to Twitter to say his goodbyes to the Boilermaker fan base as he gets set to take over as the new head coach at Penn State.

He also posted this video shortly after 11 a.m. showing him and his family on an airplane on their way to State College:

Shrewsberry was an assistant coach at Purdue under Matt Painter for the past three seasons, his second stint with the program. He also was a Purdue assistant from 2011-13.

In a post titled, “Thank You Purdue!” this is what Shrewsberry wrote.

“I can’t say enough good things about my time here at Purdue. Thank you to Mike Bobinski & the rest of his administrative staff for everything that went into allowing us to play this year.

“I’m going to miss our guys. You guys sacrificed a lot this season to try & keep yourself safe. We were all hurting of how it ended, but that just shows how much you care about your teammates & about Purdue. I know you guys will come back even stronger, because I’ve seen the work that you put in on a daily basis. GREAT things are ahead!

“Finally, I want to thank Coach Painter & the rest of the staff. I couldn’t ask for a better person to learn from than Coach. He has treated me & my family like we are a part of his. And we forever will be. Purdue, you not only have a great coach, you have a great man, who cares about his players & treats them with respect. The rest of you guys know how I feel about you. I’ve enjoyed our laughs & friendship. Protect my legacy in Step Off Series “1st Team All Defense.

“It’s been a great ride in West Lafayette & I’ll always root for the Boilers (except 2-3 times per year). Paint Crew please take it easy on me next year!”

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Penn State posted these photos on the video board at Beaver Stadium welcoming Shrewsberry.

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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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