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Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Bob Shoop To Join Joe Moorhead At Mississippi State

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is leaving the sinking ship in Knoxville — heading to Mississippi State to work under another former Penn State coordinator, Joe Moorhead, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Shoop worked as he Nittany Lions’ defensive coordinator from 2014-15, defecting from Vanderbilt along with James Franklin. The Oakmont, PA, native left Happy Valley after the 2015 season for the defensive coordinator position at Tennessee and was replaced by Brent Pry.

Penn State sued Shoop over the summer for nearly $900,000 of liquidated damages he owes his former employer after leaving with two years remaining on his contract to join the Volunteers.

His tenure at Tennessee was not so successful; his teams allowed nearly 29 points per game during his two seasons in Knoxville. Moving to a new challenge under an exciting new head coach in Moorhead could revitalize the defensive coordinator’s career.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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