Report: Penn State DC Bob Shoop visits Tennessee

BY foxsports • January 8, 2016

Tennessee has moved quickly in its search to find a replacement for former defensive coordinator John Jancek and has already gotten Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop on campus for a visit, according to FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman.  

Before landing the job as Penn State's defensive coordinator, Shoop was the coordinator to James Franklin's Vanderbilt teams that went an astounding 24-15 overall and 11-13 in SEC play during a three-year span. The two seasons before Shoop and Franklin were at Vandy, the Commodores went 4-20 overall and 1-15 in SEC play. The two years after they left Nashville for Penn State, Vanderbilt has gone 7-15 overall and 2-14 in SEC play under head coach Derek Mason. 

Following John Chavis' departure from LSU last offseason, Les Miles met with Shoop, according to, however the defensive coordinator decided not to leave and received an extension from Penn State. Following Will Muschamp's departure from Auburn last month, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn targeted Shoop as his replacement, however Shoop was reportedly not interested in the position.

If the Volunteers made the move to replace Jancek because they believed they could get Shoop, the move makes sense. However, what happens if Shoop stays at Penn State? Would the staff shakeup have been worth it?

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