Twitter reacts to Penn State’s reported contract offer to Mike Rhoades

It seems as though Penn State’s search for a new men’s basketball coach is coming to a close. Multiple reports on Tuesday evening suggested the school has made an offer to VCU head coach Mike Rhoades, suggesting he will indeed be the next head coach of the Nittany Lions. While there may have been plenty of calls for assistant Adam Fisher to get a serious look at being the next head coach, it is hard to argue that Penn State hasn’t made a good coaching hire on this stop on the coaching carousel.

Rhoades has taken VCU to the NCAA tournament three times in five years since being named the head coach of the Rams, succeeding Will Wade and returning to where he was once an assistant coach under Shaka Smart. Some might suggest Penn State comes out of this coaching change with an upgrade over Micah Shrewsberry, who left to become the head coach at Notre Dame, just based on his success as a head coach coming into the job.

Here is what Twitter had to say about the potential coaching hire in State College.

The initial report surfaces

Veteran college basketball reporter Dick Weiss was one of the first to report the news of Penn State making the offer to Mike Rhoades. And as noted by Weiss, Rhoades will essentially be starting from scratch with Penn State as its roster ahs been decimated by expected departures from graduation, an early NBA draft departure, multiple players entering the transfer portal, and a pair of signees asking to be released from their NLI.

VCU may have already found its replacement

Before anything has been officially announced by Penn State, Rhoades, or VCU, Weiss went on to report that the replacement for Rhoades has already been found.

So how much is Penn State paying?

There had been reports suggesting Penn State would pay $4 million per year for its next head coach. That may still be true according to this report form Jon Rothstein, although we likely will not be finding out many contract details from Penn State given its history. We never really knew how much Penn State was paying Shrewsberry, so it is unlikely we will find out the official number it took to get Rhoades to State College.

What's next?

The reason nothing official has been announced is that the school needs to vote on a final contract before approving the program to move forward with its coaching hire. That could all be done later today, according to Allie Berube of ABC 27.

Who should Rhoades' first recruit be? Why not shoot for Bronny James

We know that Rhoades will have plenty to do with assembling roster at Penn State, so why not shoot for the most recognizable name in the game and put Penn State basketball on the map right from the start?

Penn State's gain is being felt hard by VCU fans

Not that Penn State has much basketball pedigree to stand on historically, but stuff like this happens far too often for the mid-major programs. A coach is successful and leaves for a higher-paying job in a bigger revenue conference.

VCU fan believes Mike Rhoades can build Penn State up

Penn State has been to the NCAA tournament just four times since joining the Big Ten, so it’s not exactly a basketball powerhouse. But maybe, just maybe, Rhoades will finally be the guy who can build and grow the program to achieve the sustained success Shrewsberry said the school was striving for.

Not everyone is all in on Rhoades

This will likely require a bit of a deeper look at VCU’s results the past few years, but there is some slight skepticism about this being the best move for Penn State, it would seem. But three NCAA trips in five seasons is better than what Penn State has been able to manage.

Already looking ahead to next season's schedule. Penn State vs. VCU???

If this scheduling remains in place, there is a chance Penn State could face VCU in the 2023 ESPN Invitational. It could also present a rematch of the NCAA tournament matchup with Texas A&M. Iowa State, Boise State, and Butler also made the NCAA tournament, and Virginia Tech went to the NIT.

Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire