Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop has had his name bounced around the college football world for many openings the last month or so. It was pretty clear that he would be leaving James Franklin’s staff and it has now become official that he will be heading back to the SEC.
The Tennessee Volunteers announced Saturday evening that they had hired Shoop to the same position for the 2016 season. They announced the news via a press release and it looks like the smartest move they could have made at this point.
“We are very excited about the addition of Bob Shoop to our coaching staff,” head coach Butch Jones said in a statement. “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.”
Shoop was with Vanderbilt from 2011-13 and led the Commodores to back-to-back wins over the Volunteers since the 1925 and 1926 seasons. I guess hiring him is the best way to guarantee he won’t be doing any more damage in the future.
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