Update (1/7/15, 4:15PM): I spoke to 2015 three-star inside linebacker recruit, Jake Cooper, about the report as well. He remarked, "There is no chance Coach Shoop leaves! He's got it made at PSU! His family just settled in. And he's building a tremendous defense with the guys he has coming in."
It would certainly seem as if Coach Shoop is giving off vibes to the recruits that he isn't going anywhere, but that's the nature of the college coaching carousel. That being said, Shoop is often the secondary line of contact between the players and the coaching staff, so it's unclear how often he truly does to speak to these guys. The one player in the 2015 class that he was (and is) the primary recruiter for though, was none other than Jake Cooper. - NP
Update: Nick talked to 2015 three-star defensive end recruit Ryan Buchholz about today's report. When asked whether he thinks Shoop will take the LSU job, here was what Buchholz had to say:
Personally I don't think he will. But for him to be able to take that job just shows how good of a coach he is and that's why we need him to stay. He's been messaging me a lot saying he can't wait for next year and talking about the defense so I don't think he will leave.
Original: Hey everyone. How's your Tuesday going? We hope it's going well. Unfortunately, we have some bad news to pass along: Bob Shoop, Penn State's defensive coordinator/safeties coach/grand warlock, is reportedly going to interview for LSU's defensive coordinator job.
According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Shoop will sit down with Tigers coach Les Miles after the two have gone through a "week of flirtation" in regards to the job, which opened up after ex-LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis left to take the same position at Texas A&M. Here's what Dillinger had to say:
LSU has moved into the next step in its search for a defensive coordinator with at least one candidate.
Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop will interview for the job soon, multiple sources told The Advocate on Tuesday afternoon. Shoop is expected to interview with coach Les Miles after a week of flirtation between the two sides.
LSU’s search for a replacement for John Chavis has entered its second week with a host of candidates and possibilities, but Miles has officially interviewed very few coaches.
Shoop will join the list, according to sources close to the LSU search.
Not good, folks! Even worse, Dellenger reported that Shoop is "highly interested" in the job. Fortunately, there are several other potential candidates along with Penn State's defensive coordinator.
It goes without saying, but losing Shoop would be a massive loss for James Franklin. Shoop took over a defense that wasn't exactly good in 2013 and turned it into one of the best in America in 2014. Under Shoop's guidance, Penn State's defense was the best against the run in college football this year. It was also second in total defense, eighth in scoring defense and 11th in passing defense.
We'll keep you updated as more information comes in about Shoop's status. For now, everyone relax, try to remember to breathe and hope that Shoop stays in Happy Valley.