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Penn State Football: Shoop Candidate For LSU Job And Opportunity For Penn State To Buck Tradition

by on January 02, 2015 6:00 AM

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is reported to be among a few assistant coaches in the running for a similar position at LSU.

According to NOLA.com. Shoop joins Clemson's Brent Venables, USC and NFL coordinator Clancy Pendergast and Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele as candidates for the job. Shoop is reportedly expected to interview for the position.

While Shoop may not find himself coaching at LSU by next season, the Thursday afternoon story is a reminder that the days of Penn State assistants staying put for extended periods have long passed. Not that Shoop -- who has admitted to his own head coaching aspirations -- will eventually leave, but any success Penn State has in the future will in turn attract suitors for various Nittany Lion assistants.

There are inevitably many reasons why a coach will leave one job for another. The circumstances that will apply to any Penn State assistant's departure will be unique in their own way as well.

But as the coaching carousel continues to turn, pay and compensation are almost always near the top of the list.

Just look around the Big Ten.

Recently hired Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly turned down a larger contract in order to ensure his assistants were well paid.

Former Wisconsin coach Gary Anderson reportedly left Wisconsin in part because of administrative issues such as assistant pay.

Michigan State paid soon-to-be Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi one of the biggest assistant salaries in college football while he turned Michigan State into a defensive powerhouse.

As Penn State pours upwards of $20 million into Lasch Building upgrades and a $10 million scoreboard replacement, it doesn't seem that Penn State athletics is shy about paying up for bigger and better things. A new Big Ten television contract is on the horizon and will only increase the yearly income of all Big Ten parties and in turn resources for the ever-growing college football arms race.

Admittedly, Penn State's desire to keep the majority of its athletic contract information private means it's difficult to accurately judge where James Franklin's assistants fall on the overall pay scale. Unique titles like co-defensive coordinator and run-game coordinator opened a door for increased pay at the outset but it's unclear how much of a salary bump is linked to those titles.

With Franklin firmly in place and the rest of the athletic department fairly well secure, if new athletic director Sandy Barbour is looking to make her mark, helping ensure security and stability on Franklin's staff could have an impact.

Penn State may not need to open its checkbook to keep Shoop in town this offseason, but it shouldn't be afraid to go against decades of tradition to help create staff stability in a program that is already pouring millions into new lockers.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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