Penn State basketball fans’ fears are coming true: Micah Shrewsberry is leaving the program after two seasons for Notre Dame.
Sources: Notre Dame is finalizing a deal to make Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry the school’s next head coach.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 22, 2023
Notre Dame has come to an agreement with Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry, sources told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 22, 2023
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?