Source: Penn State DC Bob Shoop to get 3-year deal at Tennessee

BY Bruce Feldman • January 9, 2016

Tennessee landed Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop as the Vols' new DC, and he will receive a three-year deal, a source told FOX Sports on Saturday.

The 49-year-old Shoop, who is well-regarded for his in-game adjustments and as a play-caller, led the nation's No. 2 defense in his first season at Penn State in 2014, and ranked No. 14 this season.

Shoop also was instrumental in Vandy making the Top 25 in 2012 and 2013. While running the defense at Vanderbilt for three years before coming to Penn State, Shoop directed the Commodores to Top 25 finishes in total defense every season: 18th (2011), 19th (2012) and 23rd (2013). His knowledge of the SEC is seen as a big plus for the Vols, as is his knowledge of the Vols' roster, as he knows many of the UT players from his time recruiting in the conference.

As FOX Sports reported Friday, Shoop visited Knoxville and spent the day around the Vols' staff. Getting a feel for the way he connected with UT’s assistants convinced Shoop, Butch Jones and his staff that it would be a good fit.

In the past year, he has turned down opportunities to become the DC at both Auburn and LSU.

Shoop replaces John Jancek, who was let go earlier this week after the Vols finished the season 9-4.

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