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Former PSU player Rasir Bolton transferring to Gonzaga

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Rasir Bolton, who played at Penn State during the 2018-19 season and averaged 11.6 points, was one of the top players available in the transfer portal after spending the past two seasons at Iowa State. Now Bolton has found a new home with one of the nation’s top programs.

Bolton announced this afternoon that he is heading to Gonzaga, where coach Mark Few has done a great job over the years of landing high-profile transfers and turning them into stars.

Bolton probably will forever be known by Penn State fans as the player whom former Nittany Lion coach Patrick Chambers used the word “noose” when talking with him a couple of years ago.

Here’s what Bolton said last year, after news broke about Chambers using the word noose. This is from a Sports Illustrated story:

“A ‘noose’ around my neck is why I left Penn State,” Bolton wrote on Twitter. “Head Coach Patrick Chambers, the day after his one-game suspension in January 2019, in talking to me referenced a ‘noose’ around my neck. A noose; symbolic of lynching, defined as one of the most powerful symbols directed at African Americans invoking the history of lynching, slavery and racial terrorism. Due to other interactions with Coach, I knew this was no slip of the tongue.”

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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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