Ron Everhart, Rob Jeter withdraw

Updated: June 3, 2011, 3:05 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Two candidates in Penn State's search for a new coach have fallen off the list in the last 24 hours after Duquesne's Ron Everhart withdrew on Thursday and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter did the same on Friday.

Penn State's search likely focuses on another candidate who interviewed this week -- Boston University's Pat Chambers.

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AP Photo/Rich SchultzDuquesne coach Ron Everhart withdrew his name from consideration for the Penn State coaching job Thursday.

Everhart told ESPN.com via text message he wants to stay with the Dukes and guide the program from the CBI/NIT to the NCAA tournament, while Jeter issued a statement saying he is happy with his current circumstances.

"There's just a lot of good things going on here at Duquesne, and it's just a good time for us," Everhart told The Associated Press. "It's become a real special place, and this is just the right thing to do."

In a statement released by his school, Jeter said: "Like I've said anytime these things have come up, it is flattering to have people notice what we have accomplished in Milwaukee. But I have also consistently said I am happy here and am looking forward to teaming up with my guys as we work to keep the Panthers at the top of the Horizon League."

The Nittany Lions are attempting to replace Ed DeChellis, who left for the coaching job at Navy.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a 19-15 season in which they advanced to the NCAA tournament. But the new coach will inherit a rebuilding project as graduations will give the roster a decidedly new look next season. Among the departures will be guard Talor Battle, who averaged 20.2 points per game last season.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said early Thursday that Jeter would be a tremendous choice for the Nittany Lions. The Pittsburgh-born Jeter was an assistant with the Badgers during a four-year period that included a conference championship and Elite Eight appearance.

Jeter coached the Panthers to the second round of the NCAA tournament in his first season with the Panthers, beating Oklahoma in the first round.

Chambers was a former Villanova assistant and has strong ties to the state, especially Philadelphia. Chambers led BU to the NCAA tournament after the Terriers won the America East tournament in Boston in his second season as coach.

When news of Everhart broke, various reports circulated that Chambers, who led the Terriers to the NCAA tournament this season, was then offered the position. But later in the night, Curley made a statement to the contrary, saying no offer had been made to anyone.

Everhart, 49, is 83-74 at Duquesne, and has three years remaining on a contract that pays him $400,000 per year.

"Looking back on the whole situation, I feel that I'm right where I need to be," Everhart told the AP.

Everhart, who has also coached at McNeese State and Northeastern after playing at Virginia Tech, inherited a team that went 3-24 in 2005-06, and has had only one losing season since.

But the Dukes have not made the NCAA tournament since the 1976-77 season, and Everhart has never made the NCAA in his 17 years as a Division I coach.

Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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