In the last few days Penn State has lost a handful of players who will try to join the NFL ranks early. Soon the Nittany Lions could be looking for another coordinator, too.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reported Tuesday that Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop will interview for Lousiana State’s vacant defensive coordinator position. Citing unnamed sources close to the LSU search, the Advocate reported Shoop is “highly interested” in the job.
Shoop did not return messages seeking comment.
John Chavis, who coached LSU’s defense for six seasons, left to take a similar job at Texas A&M last week. The Advocate reported his salary at LSU at $1.3 million where he was the third-highest paid assistant in the country. Shoop’s salary at Penn State has not been disclosed by the school. The Advocate reported that Chavis’ replacement is expected to make a similar salary.
Shoop, 48, has blossomed into one of the nation’s brightest defensive minds. Under his leadership, the Penn State defense came a long way in 2014 after having one of its worst seasons ever in 2013 under John Butler. Then, the Nittany Lions finished 49th in total defense and 58th in scoring defense.
But a retooling of the defense under Shoop showed improvement right away. Shoop’s aggressive schemes paid off as Penn State finished second in total defense (261 yards per game), third in rushing defense (100 yards per game), ninth in passing defense and seventh in passing and scoring defense.
Shoop, an Oakmont native, attended Yale and also coaches safeties at Penn State.
The Advocate reported that LSU coach Les Miles has contacted several coaches for the position, including former Arizona head coach and current Oklahoma assistant Mike Stoops, who reportedly interviewed for the position Saturday.