Penn State DC Shoop Scoots To Volunteers

Less than two weeks after saying he hoped the Nittany Lions would keep him "forever and ever and ever," one of James Franklin's top assistants is headed back to the SEC.

Forever and ever and ever sure went by pretty quickly for former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

After two years on James Franklin’s staff at PSU, Shoop has agreed in principle to accept the same position at Tennessee. The Volunteer football program made the announcement on Twitter Saturday night.

This came just 11 days after Shoop — while addressing the media during a pre-TaxSlayer Bowl press conference — said he had not interviewed anywhere and did not plan to interview anywhere.

“I hope Penn State will have me forever and ever and ever,” he said. “I love being part of Coach Franklin’s program, I love what we’re building here.”

Shoop released a quote through Tennessee addressing his decision.

“I … want to thank Coach Franklin, the Penn State players and coaches and the Penn State community for an incredible two seasons,” he said. “This was not an easy decision and one that I didn’t take lightly. Over the last 24 hours I had an opportunity to meet with Coach (Butch) Jones and his staff. It became evident to me that he is building a great program, a program on the rise and certainly one that will compete for an SEC championship. I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the team.”

Shoop was making about $1 million per year at Penn State after receiving a raise following the 2014 season. According to multiple sources, he will make $1.15 million per year at Tennessee.

However, he is on the hook for a buyout from his Penn State contract that is said to be in excess of $800,000.

Our early best guess on the next defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions? Current linebackers coach Brent Pry seems like the most likely choice, given that he was already titled as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

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