Surprise coaching search begins at Penn State

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- An unexpected coaching search is underway at Penn State after Ed DeChellis left his alma mater to take the same position at Navy.

Athletic director Tim Curley began working the phones a day after DeChellis announced his surprise resignation. Curley didn't name names Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press, but did stress the priority of finding the right fit for the program.

Penn State prides itself as a power conference team whose athletes also excel off the court.

Curley said he didn't have a timeline for the national search, but said he hoped to move quickly.

Curley said DeChellis left the program with a good foundation after eight years. Penn State went just 114-138 under DeChellis, but made the NCAA tournament this past season.