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Bob Shoop Accepts Tennessee’s Defensive Coordinator Job

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is leaving for the same position at the University of Tennessee, as announced by the Vols on Saturday night.

This offseason’s drama came a year after Bob Shoop interviewed at LSU for its defensive coordinator position, but instead returned to Penn State and took a raise. Now, the situation at Tennessee seemed to be the next step for his career as he signed a three-year deal, reported by Bruce Feldman.

“I would like to thank Mr. Hart and Coach Jones for giving me this opportunity,” Shoop said in a release. “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 to 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.”

Shoop coached under James Franklin as his defensive coordinator since their Vanderbilt days in 2011 and came with him to Penn State, where he led what was clearly the best facet of the team with players like Mike Hull, Anthony Zettel, and Carl Nassib.

He was one of the best coaches on Penn State’s staff, and a year and a day after he tweeted this we wish could see it again:

https://twitter.com/coach_shooppsu/status/553031801078550528

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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