COACHING SEARCH: John Shoop

It's unclear as to how "big" of a name Memphis will be able to lure. The best the search committee can do is find the most qualified candidate who'd be willing to take the job for all its past shortfalls.

It's unclear as to how "big" of a name Memphis will be able to lure. The best the search committee can do is find the most qualified candidate who'd be willing to take the job for all its past shortfalls.

One potential candidate is North Carolina offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Shoop.

Shoop began his coaching career in the state at Vanderbilt. Since then, he's coached with the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

Under Shoop at North Carolina, the Tar Heels set school records in offensive yardage and scoring. Shoop is most responsible for T.J. Yates' development, who is now a quarterback for the Houston Texans.

Shoop is reportedly interested in the Richmond job. Surely if Shoop would consider an FCS job, he would take the Memphis gig in a heartbeat. It's clear he wants to an opportunity to be a head coach; with his offensive mind, why couldn't Memphis be the place for him to start?

Why Shoop would be a good hire: He's an offensive mind. His offenses at North Carolina have been exciting and hard to stop, something Memphis could use. He's young enough to inspire interest around the program.

Why Shoop wouldn't work: Too many questions. No head coaching experience. How is he as a recruiter? Lots of NFL guys haven't worked out in college. It's unlikely Memphis would hire another assistant who had no head coaching experience.


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