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Micah Shrewsberry Leaving Penn State for Notre Dame

Penn State Basketball Coach Micah Shrewsberry
ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 04: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry reacts to an official’s call during the first half of a Big Ten conference regular season college basketball game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan Wolverines on January 4, 2023 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State basketball fans’ fears are coming true: Micah Shrewsberry is leaving the program after two seasons for Notre Dame.

After what felt like a long time of speculation, reports from insiders Pete Thamel and Jeff Goodman say that Shrewsberry is going to Notre Dame after two seasons in Happy Valley.

The terms of Shrewsberry’s deal with Notre Dame haven’t been specified yet.

**Update: The deal if for seven years, per CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander.

This news is greatly disappointing for Penn State fans but shouldn’t come as a surprise.

For weeks, rumors of Shrewsberry leaving for a more basketball-rich school have been out there.

Notre Dame has been a rumored destination since January, and Georgetown was in the mix as well.

When Georgetown hired Providence’s Ed Cooley earlier this week, it became clear that Shrewsberry would either return to Penn State or leave for Notre Dame. On Monday, Dave Jones of PennLive and the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that Shrewsberry and Notre Dame were in talks.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported that Shrewsberry would be deciding “within the next 36 hours or so,” and that has come true, with Shrewsberry choosing Notre Dame.

Notre Dame makes sense for Shrewsberry. The school just wrapped up a successful era under Mike Brey, who coached there for 23 years. Brey took the Irish to 14 NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet 16s and two elite eights. Shrewsberry is also from Indiana, and has spent 15 of his 24 coaching seasons in the Hoosier State, with notable stops at Purdue (2011-13, 19-21) and Butler (2007-11).

Penn State was Shrewsberry’s first Division I coaching job, and he did quite well. He went 37-31 over two seasons, leading the school to its first NCAA Tournament since 2011 this past season and  its first tournament win since 2001.

Now, the question is, who does Penn State get to replace Micah Shrewsberry?

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