Lawsuit Settled Between Penn State, Former Defensive Coordinator Bob Shoop

Penn State and former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop have settled a lawsuit related to Shoop’s employment with the Nittany Lions.

Shoop left the Nittany Lions to become the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Volunteers following the 2015 season — with two years remaining on his contract with Penn State. The university sued him over the summer for the nearly $900,000 worth of liquidation damages he owed as part of his contract buyout.

According to court documents obtained by PennLive, Shoop was required to pay back 50 percent of his base pay over the remaining duration of the contract if he left prior to the contract’s expiration. There was a clause to get Shoop out of this buyout if he became a head coach, but he kept his defensive coordinator title albeit with a slight pay raise in Knoxville.

“Both Coach Shoop and Penn State are pleased to bring this matter to an amicable resolution,” the university said in a press release. “Coach Shoop wishes continued success for the Penn State football program and remains grateful for the support he received from the coaching staff, support staff and the fans while he was at Penn State.  Penn State recognizes that Coach Shoop was an integral part of the coaching staff during his tenure at Penn State and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.”

Terms of the settlement will remain confidential, and neither party will make any further public comment on the matter, according to the release. Shoop left the Volunteers after this season to follow now-former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State.

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