HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE
Bob Shoop, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Oakmont, PA (I dunno but he went to Yale)
Recruited By: Mike Pettigano
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: BOB SHOOP YOU. ARE. MY SHI-NING STAR. DON'T YOU GO AWAAAAAAAY.
Offer Sheet: LSU
Oh thank god. For a while, it really looked like Bob Shoop -- who is a freaking warlock -- was going to leave Penn State to take LSU's defensive coordinator job. That would have been so, so awful. Shoop came in and took over a really bad Nittany Lion defense, both in terms of production from the previous year and the fact that it isn't full of scholarship players due to the NCAA's sanctions against PSU, and turned it into maybe the best unit in the country. He also coached the safeties, and seeing as how Adrian Amos is dope and Marcus Allen may be a freak of nature, he did a really good job with that, too.
Shoop took Penn State's usual "bend but don't break/suck" concept of defense, put it on a stool in the middle of the desert and burned it to the ground with a god damn flamethrower. This year, the Nittany Lions had an ultra-aggressive unit that rarely bended, barely ever sucked and was a general pain in the ass for opposing offenses. Good heavens, Bob Shoop is staying. I want to hug each and every one of you.
Obviously, this is awesome. Not only is one of the best defensive coordinators in the country staying in Happy Valley, but Penn State was able to hold off an SEC juggernaut to retain his services. Few schools have had nastier defenses over the last, oh, decade or so than LSU, so for Penn State to keep one of its own while the Tigers were on the prowl, hoo boy that's wonderful.
It's probably fair to expect some kind of regression next season. Mike Hull, Deion Barnes, C.J. Olaniyan and Amos are all leaving, and all of them will be tough to replace. However, with how well Penn State has recruited since this staff came to State College, you can't help but salivate over what's going to happen when a bunch of four- and five-star recruits enroll over the next few years. Shoop took a defense with several good players and turned it into a buzzsaw. What will he do once the team is stacked with talent? Or back to full scholarships?
Get excited, y'all. Bob Shoop isn't going anywhere.