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Penn State football: Shoop committed to Nittany Lions despite interest from LSU

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is “highly interested” in interviewing for the same position, according to The Advocate in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is “highly interested” in interviewing for the same position, according to The Advocate in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. CDT file photo

It appears Bob Shoop is committed to Penn State for the long term.

Just days after the Penn State defensive coordinator’s name was mentioned in various reports as a candidate for LSU’s vacant defensive coordinator position, Shoop expressed his desire on Twitter to stay at Penn State where he intends to help build a Big Ten and national championship program.

“So excited 2 b part of the Penn State Family. Lots of work 2 b done. Committed 2 building a Big 10 n National Championship Program!” Shoop tweeted.

The 48-year-old is believed to have spoken with Les Miles for the LSU job. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported the Oakmont native interviewed with Miles on Wednesday and was “highly interested” in the position.

Shoop has not responded to messages seeking comment other than his tweet which was posted late Wednesday night.

Under Shoop’s 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.

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