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Penn State Football: Shoop Set To Join Tennessee As Defensive Coordinator

by on January 09, 2016 8:00 PM

University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones announced Saturday that Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop has agreed in principle to become the Volunteers’ defensive coordinator. 

“We are very excited about the addition of Bob Shoop to our coaching staff,” Jones said in a release on UT Sports. “Bob has established himself as one of the premier coordinators in all of college football and is very well-respected as a recruiter, football coach and person. He brings a wealth of experience at the highest level and possesses all the qualities we were looking for as we went through this process. He has directed units that have finished in the Top 25 nationally in each of the last five years and he will do a great job of developing our players on the defensive side of the ball.”

“I would like to thank Mr. Hart and Coach Jones for giving me this opportunity,” Shoop also said in the statement. “I also want to thank Coach Franklin, the Penn State players and coaches and the Penn State community for an incredible two seasons. This was not an easy decision and one that I didn’t take lightly. Over the last 24 hours I had an opportunity with meet with Coach Jones and his staff. It became evident to me that he is building a great program, a program on the rise and certainly one that will compete for an SEC Championship. I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the team.”

Penn State ranked 15th in the country in total defense in 2015, allowing only 324.3 yards per game and 10th against the pass by allowing only 174.5 yards per game through the air. The Nittany Lions allowed 20 or fewer points in five games.

Reports indicate that Shoop will receive 1.15 million per year at Tennessee. Penn State's now former defensive coordinator was reportedly making around $1 million per year with a buyout of $800,000. According to reports Tennessee will not be responsible for the buyout.

Penn State has yet to comment on the late Saturday news. While the program will undoubtedly conduct an expansive search, Penn State may very well turn to current linebacker's coach Brent Pry to fill the role. will have more as this story develops.

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